Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Accuses India of Khalistani Separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar's Death
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
's latest remarks have deepened the strain in India
-Canada Ties. The Canadian PM has alleged that India could be behind the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was a Canadian Sikh citizen, who was known was his activities related to the Khalistan
Referendum in Canada
. Nijjar was shot dead on June 18, 2023 outside a Gurudwara in British Columbia.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the Canadian PM has accused India of being behind Nijjar's killing. "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, Hardeep Singh Nijjar," stated Trudeau.
"Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It is contrary to the fundamental rules by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves," the Canadian Prime Minister added further.
This statement from Trudeau comes a week after the G20 Summit 2023 in New Delhi. During a pull-aside meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
, the issue of Kjalistani separatists was raised by India. After the meeting, both prime ministers stated that they would be working towards resolving the issue. Trudeau added that the actions of a few, do not represent the larger population of Canada.
Over the past few months, several attacks have been threatened on the Indian missions in Canada by Khalistan supporters. From rallies outside the High Commission and its consulates to "Kill India" posters across Canadian towns.
Khalistan supporters have been blaming India for the death of their leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. New Delhi has raised multiple concerns for the safety of its diplomats and denied any role in Nijjar's killing.
Who Was Hardeep Singh Nijjar?
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was the head of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, Canada, and the chief of the separatist organisation Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). He was responsible for leading a campaign against India and organising demonstrations worldwide for the same, Nijjar was shot dead in the parking lot of a Gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia. Since his death.
India-Canada Ties Deteriorate Further
With Trudeau's statements, the ties between India and Canada continue to go downhill, especially after the G20 Summit in New Delhi where PM Trudeau was snubbed by his Indian counterpart. Days after G20 Delhi, the Canadian trade mission to India was indefinetly postponed and India halted all dialogues with Canada, especially thee trade deal between Ottawa and New Delhi.