Threats to Indian diplomats in Khalistani posters in Canada, Jaishankar warns ties will be hit

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said the government has reached out to partner countries like Canada and the United Kingdom and requested them to not give space to Khalistani groups. His statement comes after it was reported that Khalistani posters in Canada were featuring names of Indian diplomats. 

The external affairs minister warned that this would affect relations between the countries. 

Jaishankar further added that India would raise the issue with partner nations like Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia.   

“We are already in touch with our partner countries like Canada. We have requested them to not give space to Khalistani groups. This poster, I believe, was issued a day back, and it has already been taken up with the country concerned through proper channels,” EAM S Jaishankar said on Monday. 

This comes days after S Jaishankar said that Canada’s response to the Khalistani issue appeared to be constrained by its “vote bank compulsions”. He had warned that India would have to respond if the activities impinge on its national security and integrity. 

“For us, how Canada has dealt with the Khalistani issue has been a long-standing concern. Because very frankly, they seem to be driven by vote-bank politics,” Jaishankar said at an interactive session at an event in New Delhi last week. 

“Their responses have all been, to the best of my understanding, actually constrained by what they regard as vote bank compulsions,” he said. 

India has been asking Canada against giving space to pro-Khalistani separatists and extremist elements. 

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