Sat. May 18th, 2024

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated India’s readiness to consider any information or evidence provided by Canada regarding allegations about the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He also highlighted the threats received by Indian Embassy and Indian missions in Canada, as well as violent threats against Indian diplomats, reminding Ottawa about the Vienna Convention. Mr. Jaishankar emphasized that it is the responsibility of every country, under the Vienna Convention, to provide security to its embassy and personnel. He called on the Canadian government to take action against the social media postings, protests, and threats that are occurring in their country. However, he stated that India’s doors are open to looking at something if there is valid evidence to support the claims. Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of being involved in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, but India has categorically rejected these claims. During a press conference in Washington DC, Mr. Jaishankar clarified that if there is a requirement to investigate, there needs to be credible information or evidence presented. Canada has yet to provide any public evidence to support their claim. In response to the allegations, India has suspended its visa services in Canada and issued an advisory for its citizens and travelers to exercise caution due to rising anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and violence in Canada.

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