CanadaIn June, a Sikh leader was murdered in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. Prime MinisterTrudeaucharges on 18thIndiaThe government sent personnel to commit the crime, while India criticized the allegation as “ridiculous”. Both sides expelled foreign personnel from each other. With relations between the two countries reaching a freezing point, Trudeau said on the 19th that he did not want to anger India or escalate the situation, but hoped India would handle the matter properly.
Trudeau told Parliament on the afternoon of the 18th that authorities have “credible allegations” that Indian agents killed exiled Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia, adding that he has accused foreign governments of the alleged killing of Canadians on Canadian soil. Criticized. The actions of civilians are a violation of national sovereignty and we strongly call on the Government of India to cooperate in dealing with this matter.
Canada also expelled an Indian intelligence chief to Ottawa, causing widespread discontent in India. Later, it also announced the expulsion of Canada’s top envoy to India and asked him to leave India within 5 days. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the decision reflects India’s growing concern that Canadian diplomats interfere in India’s internal affairs and are involved in anti-India movements.
Nijjar was identified with “Sikh separatism” and advocated for Sikhs to gain independence from India’s Punjab province and establish a “Khalistan state”. During his lifetime, he was considered a terrorist by the Indian authorities and was wanted. The province, which is about 58% Sikh and 39% Hindu, was rocked by the violent Khalistan separatist movement in the 1980s and early 1990s, which claimed thousands of lives.
Agence France-Presse reported that Canada has the largest Sikh population in the world after India, and India has always been very dissatisfied with Canada’s treatment of Sikh separatists. At the G20 summit earlier this month, when Trudeau met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi expressed strong concerns about continuing extreme “anti-India” activities in Canada.
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