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Tit for Tat: India Asks Canada Diplomat to Leave Within 5 Days

by khushahal vishwakarma
Canada

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused the Indian government of involvement in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India has dismissed this allegation as ‘baseless.

In response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation that his government had “credible allegations” linking India’s role in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, India has asked a senior Canadian diplomat, whose name remains undisclosed, to leave the country within five days. Nijjar was assassinated in June, with allegations of his involvement in the murder having a role.

Here are the key points of this significant development:

  1. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that his government had “credible allegations” connecting the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar to “agents of the Indian government.” The Indian government rejected this accusation as “baseless and motivated.”
  2. The Canadian allegation was linked to the expulsion of a senior Indian diplomat in Canada, whose name was not disclosed, but was identified as the head of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in Canada. This move by India came in response to the “interference by Canadian officials in our internal affairs and their support for India-hostile activities,” as stated by the Ministry of External Affairs this morning.
  3. This latest development adds further tension to diplomatic relations between India and Canada. Just a few days ago, Canada suspended a planned trade mission to India scheduled for October.
  4. Trudeau’s remarks came in the backdrop of increasing tensions between India and Canada over extremist activities and pro-Khalistan movements in Canada, which have been a matter of deep concern for India. The issue of Canada’s inaction on elements supporting anti-India activities and its potential threat to India’s sovereignty and regional integrity has been a long-standing concern.
  5. In an emergency session today, Trudeau remarked, “The implication of a foreign government in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an undeniable violation of our fundamental principles by India.” He added, “Such baseless and motivated allegations against our political entities are a matter of deep concern and contrary to the basic norms followed by free, open, and democratic societies.”
  6. The Indian government categorically rejected Canada’s allegations and emphasized that expressing sympathy with such elements constitutes a grave concern. “Efforts of this nature aim to appease Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have found refuge in Canada, posing a danger to India’s sovereignty and regional unity,” as stated in a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  7. Canada has been home to several Sikh extremist elements over the years, where separatist sentiments have been on the rise. In recent months, Canada has witnessed various pro-Khalistan activities, including protests against Indian diplomatic missions and threatening posters aimed at Indian diplomats.

This move by India reflects its stern stance against foreign interference in its internal matters and its commitment to safeguard its sovereignty and regional stability in the face of external threats.

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