GG News Bureau
NEW YORK, 21st Sept. The Canadian government on Wednesday has included states of North-East India, including Assam and Manipur on its travel advisory alert and cautioned its citizens against non-essential travel to these regions due to a heightened risk of terrorism and insurgency.
This travel advisory came after strained relations between India and Canada over the death of prominent Sikh leader and Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Canada’s advisory advises its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling in India, citing a general threat of terrorist attacks across the country.
Specifically mentioned are the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Punjab, and Rajasthan.
The advisory on Jammu and Kashmir urged Canadians to avoid all travel to this Union Territory due to the unpredictable security situation, which includes threats of terrorism, militancy, civil unrest, and kidnapping. However, it excludes travel to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The advisory advises against all travel within 10 kilometers of the border with Pakistan in the states of Gujarat, Punjab, and Rajasthan.
This recommendation is based on the unpredictable security situation in these areas, along with the presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Canada has expelled a high-ranking Indian diplomat, cited “credible allegations” of the Indian government’s involvement in Nijjar’s assassination.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mélanie Joly, confirmed the expulsion, revealed that the diplomat in question was the head of the Indian intelligence agency RAW in Canada.
Joly emphasized Canada’s commitment to uncover the truth behind Nijjar’s killing.
The Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi dismissed the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.”