The controversy surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation of Indian involvement in the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar is intensifying. Meanwhile, Canadian media reports suggest that the Ottawa-based Five Eyes network has declined to take sides and is calling for a thorough investigation of the claims.
It’s worth noting that the Five Eyes network comprises the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, forming an intelligence alliance among these countries.
According to Canadian media reports, Canada’s allies have shown little interest in getting involved in the escalating dispute between Ottawa and New Delhi. Instead, these countries argue that a full and thorough investigation is necessary to determine the accuracy of the allegations. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia have all issued statements calling for an inquiry into the allegations.
The report cites a statement from Admiral John Kirby, spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, expressing that these are serious allegations that require a thorough investigation to determine the veracity of Prime Minister Trudeau’s claims. Kirby also urged India to participate in the investigation and cooperate. He emphasized the importance of finding out what really happened.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declined to comment on the matter, and Penny Wong, Australia’s Foreign Minister, expressed concern over the report during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters. She stated, “This is a concerning report, and an investigation is ongoing. We are closely monitoring these events.”
The report from Canadian media indicates that Canada’s ally, Britain, has not made any official announcements regarding the case. However, James Cleverly, the UK’s Foreign Minister, stated on social media, “All countries should respect sovereignty and the rule of law. We are in regular contact with our Canadian counterparts about the serious allegations raised in Canada’s Parliament. It’s important that Canada investigates these allegations thoroughly and brings any wrongdoers to justice.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made allegations on Monday that the Indian government could be involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Trudeau suggested that Canadian security agencies believe that agents of the Indian government may have been responsible for Nijjar’s killing. Canadian agencies are currently investigating the possibilities of Indian government involvement. Trudeau also revealed that Canada had expelled an Indian diplomat in connection with the case.
India Responds and Calls for Canadian Diplomat’s Expulsion
Following Canada’s statements, India’s Ministry of External Affairs expressed strong objections and called upon the High Commissioner of Canada to clarify the matter. Additionally, India informed Canada of the expulsion of a senior Canadian diplomat within five days. India rejected Canada’s allegations as baseless and accused it of failing to stop Khalistani activities on its soil. The incident also escalated into a political controversy, with India accusing Canada of playing politics in the matter.