Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contacted and briefed UK PM Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, and US President Joe Biden on the possible involvement of the Indian government in the June assassination of a Sikh leader,
According to a senior governmental source cited by CBC News, PM Trudeau has purportedly updated UK PM Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, and US President Joe Biden on the investigations surrounding the demise of the Khalistan proponent, Hardeep Singh Nijjar. In 2020, Nijjar had been labelled as a “terrorist” by the Indian government due to his advocacy for an independent Khalistan state.
Strained Diplomatic Relations and Trade Implications
The burgeoning dispute has strained the already tenuous relationship between Canada and India, stirring potential repercussions on the trade front. The current discourse on a prospective trade agreement has been halted. Adding to the escalating tensions, Canada has recently ousted the foremost Indian intelligence official residing there.
In a recent assembly speech, Trudeau openly discussed India’s alleged role in this incident, confirming that Canadian authorities are investigating credible reports connecting Indian governmental agents with Nijjar’s murder. During a conversation with Modi at the recent G20 summit held in New Delhi, Trudeau accentuated his commitment to resolving the issue. However, Modi expressed his concerns regarding the escalating Sikh protests in Canada, advocating for an independent state.
Rejection and Concern: A Dual Response
Following Trudeau’s serious allegations, the Indian foreign ministry firmly denied participating in the violent incident, dismissing the claims as baseless and influenced. They urged Canada to act decisively against the anti-India factions present within its borders, accusing Canada of offering refuge to Khalistani extremists.
Furthermore, the White House National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, has conveyed the deep concerns the US harbours regarding these allegations. Watson emphasized the necessity of Canada’s ongoing investigation and the importance of bringing the culprits to justice, assuring consistent communication with Canadian counterparts during this process.