Canada: India on Tuesday expelled a Canadian diplomat, mirroring what Canada did on Monday, amid rising hostilities between India and Canada over the June murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The nation had expelled an Indian diplomat as part of its investigation into India’s “possible link to the murder of a Sikh activist.”
India Expels Canadian Diplomat Amid Accusations and Denials
India on Tuesday expelled a Canadian diplomat in the wake of accusations and denials made by Canada. Cameron MacKay, the Canadian High Commissioner to India, arrived at the MEA’s South Block, New Delhi, headquarters. The central government denied on Tuesday that India was involved in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, as claimed by the Canadian authorities. The government referred to Canada’s accusations as “absurd and motivated” and asserted that India is firmly committed to upholding the rule of law. “We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister. Allegations of Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated.
India Criticizes Canadian Leaders for Public Support Amid Escalating Diplomatic Dispute
India also criticised Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, and other political people, stating that it was “deeply concerning” that they had publicly shown support for such individuals. The death of Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, by two unidentified assailants outside a gurdwara in Surrey on June 18 this year, was investigated by the Canadian security authorities, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier on Tuesday. Additionally, Trudeau claimed that at the G20 Summit, he had discussed the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the central government said, “Similar allegations were made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister, and were completely rejected.” The MEA statement further said, “We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to rule of law.” These “unsubstantiated allegations seek to divert attention from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been given shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” India further alleged. The federal government claimed that it has been a “long-standing and continuing concern” that Canada had done little to stop the Khalistani terrorists.
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