Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has alleged that India is responsible for the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in hopes of garnering support from the United States, Britain, and Australia, and creating international pressure on India. Trudeau’s claims, which accuse India of falsely implicating his government in Nijjar’s murder, have not found support from any other country.
Trudeau’s allegations have faced skepticism within Canada, with opposition parties and the public demanding concrete evidence to substantiate his claims. Even the Five Eyes Alliance, comprising the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, has offered assistance to Canada in investigating Nijjar’s murder allegations. However, no country is willing to rely on Trudeau’s unverified allegations (non-credible allegations).
Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong, who attended the United Nations General Assembly, refused to comment on the matter, stating that they need a full investigation. Similarly, Britain’s Foreign Minister James Cleverly emphasized the seriousness of Canada’s accusations and the necessity of a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, Admiral John Kirby, spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, stated that the allegations are very serious and the truth needs to be determined through an investigation.
Trudeau’s Government Faces Internal Divisions
Trudeau’s allegations have further exposed divisions within his governing coalition in Canada. While the Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau seeks to maintain relations with India, some members within his party are in favor of building ties with India. Minister of Emergency Response Harjit Sajjan, who belongs to the Sikh community, supports a cautious approach in managing relations with India. Canada’s first Hindu cabinet minister, Anita Anand, also advocates for a pragmatic approach.
Concerns for the Safety of Indian Diaspora
Indian organizations worldwide, including the Indian World Forum, have expressed concerns about the safety of the Indian diaspora in Canada. They have called on the Canadian government to take immediate action against alleged terrorists like Arshdeep Singh Dhillon and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The organization also urged Canada to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian citizens living in the country.
No Impact on India-Canada Military Relations
Amidst the diplomatic tensions, Canada reiterated that Trudeau’s claims would not affect military relations with India. Colonel Todd Brethour, Canadian Defence Attaché to India, emphasized that military cooperation between the two countries would continue undeterred. Next week, Major General Peter Scott, Deputy Chief of the Canadian Army, is expected to participate in a conference in Delhi as part of military-to-military engagement.
Cancellation of Khalistani Sympathizer’s Show in India
Canadian rapper Shubh (Shubhneet Singh) had his upcoming India tour canceled after he posted a map of India on social media, showing Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir as separate entities. This action sparked outrage on social media, and people demanded an apology. Following the uproar, the show’s sponsor, Boat Audio, also announced that they would no longer sponsor the controversial rapper’s show, further distancing themselves from India’s detractors.