Canadian Foreign Minister Jolie said that the expelled Indian is the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's foreign intelligence agency in Canada. In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cornered India in the case of the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Ottawa: In a breaking development, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie has expelled an Indian diplomat in connection with the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18. According to the reports, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has claimed India’s involvement in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Only after his statement Canadian Foreign Minister expelled a top Indian diplomat on Monday.
This came after Trudeau said the country’s security agencies have “reason to believe” that “agents associated with the Government of India” carried out the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar, who was leading the Khalistani referendum in Canada, was shot by two men in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey on June 18.
Jolie said that if this proved true, it would be a major violation of our sovereignty and the most basic rule of how countries should treat each other. As quoted by sources, Jolie said that as a result we have expelled a top Indian diplomat.
Trudeau said he brought the issue to the attention of the Indian Prime Minister during his visit. “Canada expressed its deep concerns to the Indian government’s top intelligence and security officials at the G20 last week. I brought them personally and directly to Prime Minister Modi.”
He asserted that “any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty”.
So far, the Canadian government has not made public any of the evidence it has for its claim of an Indian government hand in Nijjar’s killing.
According to sources, expelled senior Indian diplomat is Pavan Kumar Rai, identified by them as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. A 1997 batch Indian Police Service officer, he was posted to Ottawa as minister (eco, coordination, community affairs) in the Indian high commission.
There is a possibility that India will also retaliate by expelling a Canadian diplomat.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a press conference at the G20 summit in Delhi on September 10 that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed Khalistani extremism and foreign interference during their meeting on the sidelines of the summit. He had said that in the last few years we have discussed those issues with PM Modi many times.
Soon after, PM had expressed his deep concern to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the anti-India activities being carried out by extremist elements in Canada. He conveyed our strong concerns about the continuation of anti-India activities by extremist elements in Canada.
They are promoting separatism and inciting violence against Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises, and threatening the Indian community and their places of worship in Canada.