India-Canada stress struck crisis point after assassination claims

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A security workers stands guard outside the Canadian High-Commision in New Delhi, India, September 19,2023

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India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat on Tuesday, slamming “absurd and motivated” declares that New Delhi had a part to play in an extra-judicial slaying of a Sikh activist in Canada.

Canadian intelligence firms have actually been actively pursuing reputable links in between Indian federal government representatives and the murder of Canadian Sikh neighborhood leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside a Sikh cultural center in British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed a Parliament seating in Ottawa on Monday.

Nijjar, a strong advocate of an independent Sikh homeland called Khalistan, was eliminated on June 18.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” India’s Foreign Ministry stated in a declaration. “The inaction of the Canadian Government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern.”

In retaliation, India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat after summoning Canada’s high commissioner, or ambassador, to the nation, the Indian Foreign Ministry stated. This came simply hours after Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly revealed that Ottawa had actually expelled a top Indian diplomat.

“Canada has declared its deep concerns to the top intelligence and security officials of the Indian government,” Trudeau statedMonday “Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.”

B.C. Sikh Gurdwara Council representative Moninder Singh consults with members of the news media outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple, where Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was eliminated on its premises in June 2023, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada September 18,2023

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While Canadian leaders stopped short of clearly implicating India, they prompted Indian authorities to completely work together in the examinations, with Joly highlighting that Canada “will not tolerate any form of foreign interference.”

Australia stated it was “deeply concerned” about Canada’s claims, while the United Kingdom stated it remains in close contact with its Canadian partners over the matter.

Diaspora stress

Activism in Canada amongst a few of its Sikh diaspora, which represents about 2% of its population, has actually been a problem of contention in bilateral ties in between Canada and India.

It has actually made complex Ottawa’s tries to deepen financial ties with the world’s most populated country as part of its more comprehensive effort to “de-risk” from China, together with its Western allies.

A security workers stands guard outside the Canadian High-Commision in New Delhi, India, September 19,2023

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Before the Group of 20 countries’ leaders’ top 2 weekends back, Ottawa had actually stopped briefly talks on a proposed trade treaty with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party federal government.

While Canada views serene Sikh advocacy as part of totally free expression, India views Canada’s continued tolerance as a recommendation of Sikh separatism that it considers a violation on its domestic affairs.

India Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had on June 8 condemned online video footage of a parade float in the Canadian city of Brampton that glorified violence and revenge in its representation of the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“That Canadian political figures have openly expressed sympathy for such elements remains a matter of deep concern,” India’s Foreign Ministry statedTuesday “The space given in Canada to a range of illegal activities including murders, human trafficking and organized crime is not new.”

“We reject any attempts to connect Government of India to such developments. We urge the Government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil,” India’s Foreign Ministry included.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hand with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi on September 9, 2023.

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He likewise stated they were “promoting secessionism and inciting violence against Indian diplomats” and “threatening the Indian community in Canada and their places of worship.”

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