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EAM Jaishankar on investigation into Canada’s allegations over Nijjar’s killing

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

India isn’t ruling out an investigation into Canada’s allegations in regards to the involvement of the Indian authorities’s brokers within the killing of a Khalistani separatist in that nation however needs it to supply proof to again its claims, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned.

His assertion got here in response to questions throughout a dialog with veteran journalist Lionel Barber titled ‘How a Billion People See the World’.

“If you have a reason to make such an allegation please share the evidence because we are not ruling out an investigation…,” Jaishankar, who’s right here on a five-day official go to to the UK, mentioned whereas responding to a query.

He emphasised that Canada has not shared any proof with India to assist its allegations. The ties between India and Canada got here beneath extreme pressure following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September of a “potential” involvement of Indian brokers within the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.

India has rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”. Jaishankar mentioned that freedom of speech and freedom of expression comes with a sure accountability and the misuse of these freedoms and the toleration of that misuse for political functions can be very flawed, referring to the pro-Khalistani actions in Canada.

Jaishankar mentioned that he was in contact along with his Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly on the problem.

He recalled the assaults on the Excessive Fee of India in Canada, or smoke bomb assaults on the Excessive Fee and Consulate Basic, and mentioned Indian diplomats had been intimidated in public, with no motion from the Canadian authorities towards culprits.

Final week, Prime Minister Trudeau underlined {that a} “fight” with India was not one thing Canada wished to be having proper now however reiterated his allegations and mentioned Ottawa needs to “work constructively” with New Delhi on this “very serious matter”.

Overseas Secretary Vinay Kwatra mentioned India has conveyed to the US facet its critical issues over growing actions of pro-Khalistani parts in Canada.

“Insofar as Canada is concerned, we have been having very consistent conversations with all our friends and partners. Our position on this matter has been enunciated and explained in full detail on multiple occasions,” Kwatra mentioned in New Delhi not too long ago.

Days after Trudeau’s allegations in September, India quickly suspended the issuance of visas to Canadian residents and requested Ottawa to downsize its diplomatic presence within the nation to make sure parity.

India resumed some visa companies in Canada final month, greater than a month after they had been suspended.

On China, Jaishankar mentioned that the 2020 lethal conflict within the Galwan Valley has vitiated the connection between the 2 nations.

He mentioned China didn’t adhere to the agreements of 1993 and 1996 to not amass troops on the Line of Precise Management as he asserted that such acts of not following pacts have penalties when it comes to credibility.

With PTI inputs.

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