The Indian government on Tuesday responded to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claims over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar earlier this year. The Indian government has in a statement rejected the Canadian Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister’s claims.
Here is the MEA statement:
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 the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated.
Similar allegations were made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister and were completely rejected.
We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to the rule of law.
Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The inaction of the Canadian Government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern.
That Canadian political figures have openly expressed sympathy for such elements remains a matter of deep concern.
The space given in Canada to a range of illegal activities including murders, human trafficking and organized crime is not new.
We reject any attempts to connect the Government of India to such developments.
We urge the Government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil.