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Canada’s opposition leader asks Trudeau to come clean on India allegations

September 20, 2023 12:18 PM IST

India | MEA | Justin Trudeau | Canada | Hardeep Singh Nijjar | Pierre Poilievre

Taking a jibe at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his allegations on India for its involvement in the alleged killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canada’s opposition leader Pierre Poilievre has said that he should come out clean with all the facts in order to make judgements.

Conservative Party leader Poilievere said PM Trudeau has not provided any facts over India allegations.

Nijjar, who was wanted in India, was gunned down outside a Gurdwara, in a parking area in Canada’s Surrey, British Columbia on June 18.

India has rejected accusations by the Canadian government that Indian agents were involved in the killing of Nijjar.

“We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister. Allegations of Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated…We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to rule of law,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

MEA, in its statement, said, “Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The inaction of the Canadian Government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern.”

MEA further added that Canadian political figures have openly expressed sympathy for such elements remains a matter of deep concern.

Ministry said space given in Canada to a range of illegal activities including murders, human trafficking and organised crime is not new.

MEA said it reject any attempts to connect Government of India to such developments.

MEA urged the government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil.

Later on September 19, India also informed about expulsion of a Canadian diplomat hours after Canada asked an Indian official to leave that country.

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