Mumbai: Amid tensions between India and Canada over Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing, Canadian Defence Minister Bill Blair called the relationship with India “important”.
The declaration was made a few days after Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, sparked a major diplomatic dispute between the two nations over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
“We are aware that this might be a difficult subject for our relationship with India, as it has already shown to be. Bill Blair, the defence minister, was reported by Global News as stating, “But at the same time, we have the obligation to make sure that we do a comprehensive inquiry and get to the truth.
“There is a very significant concern that Canada will have with respect to the violation of our sovereignty,” he added. If the charges are found to be genuine.
The shocking accusation that “Indian government agents” may have been responsible for the shooting of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was made by Canada’s Prime Minister last week.
The accusation was denied as “absurd” by India. India raised the issue of “politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence” in Canada but claimed that Canada had provided no concrete facts supporting its accusations. The foreign ministry has urged its citizens living in Canada and those who are considering visiting to use the “utmost caution.”
India has also charged Canada with failing to respond to “specific evidence about criminal activities” carried out by citizens of Canada. According to reports, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has compiled a list of 19 evading Khalistani terrorists who reside in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Dubai, Pakistan, and other nations and whose properties are also likely to be seized.
Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Canada’s British Columbia in June. He was chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force and one of India’s most wanted terrorists.