Trudeau says ‘not provoking India’


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

NEW YORK, 21st Sept. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeu said on Wednesday that he is not aiming to provoke India after he put blame on India for the killing of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

India expelled a Canadian diplomat from the High Commission in New Delhi.

Trudeau said in the morning briefing before the House of Commons stated The government of India needs to take this matter with utmost seriousness. We are doing just that We are not looking to provoke or escalate,”

The security has been tightened around the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi as a preventive measure, sources said.

The escalating tension in diplomatic relations between the two nations has occurred.

Trudeau in an emergency statement made in the Parliament had accused the Government of India of being involved in the killing of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on its soil.

Nijjar was gunned down on June 18 outside a Sikh cultural centre in Surrey, British Columbia.

Trudeau had said that Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between the Indian government agents and the murder of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Nijjar.

Five Eyes intelligence alliance a treaty of 5 nations namely Canada, US, UK, Australia and  New Zealand.

These countries are a part of the treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.

It has supported Canada’s allegation that India was involved in the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Other countries in the alliance described the claims as serious.

The US stated that Justin Trudeau’s assertion over India’s role had made it extremely concerned.

White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson issued a statement saying, “We are deeply concerned about the allegations referenced by Prime Minister Trudeau earlier today,” and that “We remain in regular contact with our Canadian partners. It is crucial that Canada’s probe continues and the offenders get prosecuted”.

The charges were described as serious in the UK, where Foreign Secretary James Cleverly stated that India’s involvement in the killing of the Sikh leader is being investigated by Canada.

James Cleverly said, “I think it’s incredibly important that we allow the Canadian authorities to conduct their investigation.”

James Cleverly is in New York for the UN General Assembly. It goes without saying that we have very close ties with both India and Canada”.

According to Australia’s foreign ministry, it has spoken with India at “senior levels” about its worries on the events.

Australia expressed its profound concern over these claims and takes notice of the continuing inquiries.

 Australia is of the opinion that every nation should uphold its independence and the law. With regard to advancements, we work closely with our partners. At senior levels, we have expressed our concerns to India, the spokesperson said in a statement.

According to a Western source cited by The Washington Post, the Five Eyes alliance declined to jointly denounce the execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar but instead “privately raised” the matter prior to the G20 summit.

According to the source, Justin Trudeau brought up the subject with Emmanuel Macron, the president of France.

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