Biden overlooked Trudeau request to condemn Nijjar killing ahead of G20

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

WASHINGTON  DC, 21st Sept. According to media reports on Wednesday the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to isolate India globally over the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar failed after the US and the UK chose not to condemn New Delhi and sought proper investigation.

Nijjar, considered a terrorist by India, is a Canadian citizen who was killed on June 18 by unidentified assailants in the parking area of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey.

Trudeau alleged India’s role in Nijjar’s murder, an accusation New Delhi denied and termed “absurd and motivated”.

According to media reports Canadian officials had raised the issue with their counterparts in the US and other NATO Allies weeks before Trudeau made the allegations public at the New Delhi G20 Summit.

Trudeau wanted his NATO allies to publicly condemn the killing of Nijjar, who was designated as a terrorist by New Delhi in 2020.

US authorities chose not to comment on the issue publicly before the G20 Summit.

The UK and the US have said that while the allegations are serious, an investigation should be carried out and perpetrators should be punished.

They didn’t condemn New Delhi or repeated Trudeau’s allegations.

The UK said that the issue will not hamper the country’s trade deal with India.

Trudeau had informed the Parliament that the initial investigation had revealed that an Indian diplomat was behind the murder of Nijjar.

The diplomat was expelled from the country. He was later identified as Pawan Kumar Rai, RAW’s Canada station chief.

Trudeau said “Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the Government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen.

New Delhi expelled the Canadian intelligence service’s India station chief and asked him to leave in five days.

India’s ministry of external affairs said that the claims made by the Canadian prime minister were “absurd and politically motivated”.

“We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to rule of law,” the ministry said in a statement.

It accused Ottawa of providing shelter to “Khalistani terrorists and extremists” who threaten India’s sovereignty and security.

“We urge the government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil,” the ministry stated.

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