July 18, 2024

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US Concerned Over Trudeau’s Accusations of Indian Government Involvement in Murder

The United States has conveyed its deep concern over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent accusations, linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Khalistani leader in British Columbia in June. Trudeau stated that there were credible allegations of a potential link between Indian government agents and the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. India promptly rejected these allegations as absurd and motivated.

Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, issued a statement expressing the US’s deep concern. The statement emphasised the importance of Canada’s investigation proceeding and the perpetrators being brought to justice. It also underscored the need for regular contact with Canadian partners.

In response to Trudeau’s claims, Canada’s Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, announced the expulsion of a top Indian diplomat, signalling the seriousness of the situation.

India’s external affairs ministry released a statement, highlighting that similar allegations had been made by Trudeau during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 10. These allegations were unequivocally rejected. The statement also pointed out that such unsubstantiated allegations aim to divert attention from Khalistani terrorists and extremists who have found shelter in Canada and continue to pose a threat to India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. India has long expressed concerns about the Canadian government’s inaction in addressing this issue.

The incident in question involved the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen who had previously been designated a terrorist by the Indian government due to his involvement in pro-Khalistan activities. Nijjar was fatally shot in the parking lot of Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18.

The US’s expression of concern underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a thorough and impartial investigation into the matter. This diplomatic episode adds complexity to India-Canada relations, and all parties involved will be closely watching how the situation unfolds.

The US’s call for Canada’s investigation to proceed and the perpetrators to be brought to justice reflects a commitment to upholding the rule of law and addressing serious allegations through appropriate legal channels. This diplomatic episode highlights the importance of international cooperation and diplomacy in resolving complex and sensitive issues.