Canadian PM Accuses India of Involvement in Sikh Leader

Justin Trudeau Calls for Answers in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar Case
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Justin Trudeau Calls for Answers in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar Case

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement expressing deep concerns over the tragic killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Canadian Sikh leader. Mr. Nijjar was fatally shot outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18th, sparking international attention and diplomatic tensions.

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In his statement, Prime Minister Trudeau pointed to “credible allegations potentially linking” the Indian state to Mr. Nijjar’s murder. He emphasized that the involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an “unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.” The Prime Minister also called for a coordinated effort among Canadian allies to address this serious matter.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, aged 45, was a well-known Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia. He openly campaigned for Khalistan, advocating for the creation of an independent Sikh homeland in the Punjab region of India. The Sikh community in Canada, comprising an estimated 1.4 to 1.8 million people, has been active in preserving their cultural heritage and supporting causes related to Sikh identity.

This incident has further strained relations between Canada and India, leading to the expulsion of diplomats from both countries. Canada has also suspended negotiations for a free trade agreement with India, citing “certain political developments.” The Indian government has categorically denied any involvement in Mr. Nijjar’s killing, describing the allegations as “absurd” and politically motivated.

Canada has been urged by India to take prompt and effective legal action against “anti-India elements” operating within its borders, adding to the ongoing tensions between the two nations.

The backdrop to this tension extends to other countries with sizeable Sikh populations, including Australia and the UK. The Indian administration has openly expressed concerns about what it terms “Sikh extremism” and its potential impact on international relations.

The White House has also weighed in on the matter, with the White House National Security Council expressing deep concern and emphasizing the importance of a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Prime Minister Trudeau called for cooperation from the Indian government in resolving this matter and reassured the Indo-Canadian community that Canada would continue to uphold its democratic values and principles in the face of these challenges.