External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated India’s stance on the allegations levelled by Canada over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar by stressing that India doesn’t interact in such acts as a matter of “policy”.
The diplomatic row between India and Canada was triggered after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that his authorities has “credible allegations” of India’s involvement within the June killing of Nijjar on Canadian soil.
Speaking on the Council for Foreign Relations in New York on Tuesday, Mr Jaishankar drew consideration to the difficulty of organised crime in Canada, significantly that which is linked to secessionist forces, violence, and extremism. He additionally expressed concern about Canada’s obvious willingness to tolerate such actions for political causes.
The row worsened after a US diplomat alleged that there was “shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners” that had prompted Mr Trudeau’s allegation about Indian brokers’ involvement within the killing.
Mr Jaishankar circumvented a reporter’s question on the topic by saying, “I’m not part of The Five Eyes, I’m certainly not part of the FBI. So I think you’re asking the wrong person.”
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India has categorically rejected Canada’s “baseless” allegations, noting that the Trudeau administration has but to supply any proof to assist its declare. Mr Jaishankar assured Canada that India will take motion if it is supplied with particular details about Nijjar’s killing. He added that India is “open to looking at it.”
“We told the Canadians that this is not the government of India’s policy. Secondly, we said if you have something specific and if you have something relevant, let us know. We are open to looking at it…The picture is not complete without the context in a way,” he stated.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Jaishankar, addressing the 78th UN General Assembly, known as on UN member states to withstand “political convenience” of their responses to terrorism and violence, in an implicit criticism of Canada.
Mr Jaishankar additionally stated that respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in inner affairs should be common, and that the period of some nations setting the agenda for the remainder of the world is over, in what many have interpreted to be a veiled dig at each China and Canada.