India rejects Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations on killing of pro-Khalistan activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi (left) during a press conference at the G20 Summit, in New Delhi recently. File photo

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi (left) throughout a press convention on the G20 Summit, in New Delhi lately. File photograph
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India on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, rejected the Canadian allegation {that a} outstanding pro-Khalistan activist was murdered by brokers of India “on the Canadian soil”.

In a tricky assertion, Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned such allegations as made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau divert consideration from the actions of the Khalistan operatives dwelling in Canada and known as for efficient motion in opposition to them.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations see to shift the main target from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who’ve been offered shelter in Canada and proceed to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The inaction of the Canadian authorities on this matter has been a long-standing and persevering with concern,” a press release from the Ministry of Exterior Affairs declared. The assertion additional acknowledged that the matter was mentioned between PM Modi and Mr. Trudeau earlier.

“Related allegations had been made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister, and had been fully rejected,” the discharge acknowledged. The official comment expressed concern for using Canadian soil by “anti-India parts” and urged Ottawa to “take immediate and efficient authorized motion” concentrating on them.

Earlier in an unprecedented flip of occasions, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being behind the killing of Hardeet Singh Nijjar, a outstanding determine of the Khalistan motion based mostly in British Columbia terming the June incident an “unacceptable violation”. In a press release to the Home of Commons, Mr Trudeau additionally knowledgeable that Canadian safety companies have investigated the June killing over the previous a number of weeks and that he had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Modi throughout his go to to Delhi final week the place he participated within the G20 summit. “Final week, on the G20, I introduced them personally and on to Prime Minister Modi in no unsure phrases,” mentioned Mr. Trudeau in a press release to the Home of Commons yester afternoon.

Canada has additionally expelled the station head of the R&AW (Indian exterior intelligence company), Overseas Minister Melanie Joly has knowledgeable the Canadian parliament. “Any involvement of a international authorities within the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It’s opposite to the basic guidelines by which free, open and democratic societies conduct themselves,” mentioned Mr Trudeau in a comment to the Home of Commons in Ottawa,”  Mr Trudeau was right here to attend the G20 summit throughout which he additionally held a one on one assembly with Prime Minister Modi.

The Star, a Canadian media outlet has described the expelled R&AW official as Pavan Kumar Rai. India-Canada relation has been on a downward trajectory over the previous a number of months which was additional hit when either side shelved commerce talks after six rounds of negotiation.

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