Justin Trudeau’s allegations of “potential” involvement of Indian authorities brokers within the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June unleashed a diplomatic row.
Toronto: The Canadian authorities has rejected a travel advisory issued by India about safety dangers in Canada, saying it is likely one of the most secure international locations on this planet, and known as for calm amid the escalating diplomatic row between the 2 nations over the killing of a Khalistani separatist chief on this nation.
Justin Trudeau’s allegations of “potential” involvement of Indian authorities brokers within the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June unleashed a diplomatic row with India rejecting the fees as “absurd” and “motivated” and kicking out a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat transfer to Ottawa’s expulsion of an Indian official.
India on Wednesday suggested all its residents residing in Canada and people considering travelling there to train “utmost caution” in view of rising anti-India actions and “politically-condoned” hate crimes within the North American nation, because the diplomatic row over the killing of a Khalistani separatist chief threatened to snowball into a significant confrontation.
In a strongly-worded advisory, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi referred to “threats” focusing on Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian neighborhood that oppose the “anti-India agenda”, and requested Indian nationals to keep away from travelling to areas and potential venues in Canada which have seen such incidents.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller sought to reassure Indian nationals on Wednesday that it’s secure to travel to the nation whilst a frontrunner of the Sikh separatist motion banned in India has introduced plans for rallies in Canadian cities on Monday that search the closing of New Delhi’s diplomatic missions right here, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported.
“Look, I think everyone knows Canada is a safe country and given the events of the last two or three days and the seriousness of the allegations that – it’s important for everyone to stay calm,” The Canadian Press quoted Miller as saying.
“Canada by any standard is one of the safest if not the safest countries in the world that is governed by the rule of law. So, I think people should read that statement for what it is,” Miller mentioned.
He acknowledged that Canadian allegations of the “potential” involvement of Indian authorities brokers within the killing of a Khalistani separatist have heightened tensions with the Indian authorities.
“Given what the Prime Minister has said quite clearly to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, the allegations are very serious, and these are discussions that have to continue with India,” he mentioned.
“At the same time, emotions are running high, and we’ve asked everyone just to stay calm given the seriousness of the allegations,” he added.
Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser mentioned that he wouldn’t touch upon the specifics of the probe into Nijjar’s demise as a result of he doesn’t need to compromise any investigations.
He mentioned Canadians ought to think about the safety companies’ capability to research the demise.
“It’s important that if we believe in justice … we believe in the process that gets us there,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation quoted Fraser as saying.
“I am sure there are good reasons not to share details that may ground such extraordinary allegations because protecting the process of getting to a just result is extremely important,” Fraser mentioned.
“We are a country that was built on migration. If you’re not from an indigenous community, you came from somewhere else, and I can tell you right now the people I’m talking to here, they don’t want to see divisions based on whether you are Sikh, Hindu or Muslim. They want to come together as Canadians and promote peaceful dialogue, even in the most difficult conversations,” he mentioned.
“This is obviously a tragedy that played out. The allegations are extremely serious. And we’re going to treat them seriously. We’re always concerned about the safety and well-being of Canadians. There are no specific threats that I’m aware of currently that are tied to foreign officials. But from a public safety point of view, we want to always protect the safety and well-being of Canadians whether their family has been here for generations or whether they arrived last month,” he added.
The MEA on Tuesday trashed Trudeau’s feedback asserting that “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.”