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Politically motivated claims made by Trudeau, no information provided on the Nijjar case MEA

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusations that India had a part in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar seem to be motivated by political considerations.

Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the MEA, said during a weekly news conference that “we are willing to look at any specific information that is provided to us, but so far we have received no specific information from Canada.”

The MEA spokesman said that, despite India sharing concrete proof of illegal activity by people living in Canada, Ottawa had not taken any action.

“From our side, Canada has been given precise proof regarding illegal acts by people located on Canadian land, but no action has been taken.

“…I do believe there is some bias there here. They have leveled accusations and taken appropriate measures. We believe that the Canadian government’s accusations are solely motivated by political considerations,” Bagchi said.

Following Trudea’s accusations on Monday, already fragile relations between India and Canada completely broke out. It’s interesting to note that the Canadian prime minister has also been dealing with unpleasant circumstances at home, and opposition leader Pierre Poilievre has similarly urged Trudeau to “come clean with facts.”

On June 18, two hooded assailants shot and murdered Nijjar in the parking lot of a Gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia. His murder is said to have been motivated by gang rivalry.

The MEA spokeswoman said that New Delhi has advised Canadian diplomats to have “parity” with diplomatic presence in the wake of speculations that Canada may reconfigure its diplomatic representation in India.

The Canadian government was told, “We informed the Canadian government to have parity with diplomatic presence, their numbers are higher and I assume there will be a reduction,” he added.

 

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