India also asked Canada to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in the country (India). New Delhi argued that the number of Canadian diplomatic staff in India is higher than the existing Indian diplomatic staff in Canada and there should be parity in strength and rank in terms of mutual presence.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again said Thursday that there are “credible allegations” that need to be taken “extremely seriously.” Also, he urged the Indian government to work with his (Trudeau’s) country in providing justice in the case of the killing of the Khalistani separatist. On the question of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between India and Canada, he said, “We appeal to the Government of India to take this matter seriously and work with us, so that complete transparency can be maintained in this matter and accountability and justice.” When Trudeau was asked whether her government would take retaliatory steps after India’s decision to suspend visa service for Canadian citizens, she said, “There is rule of law in our country. We will continue to take the necessary steps to protect Canadians and uphold our values and the international rules-based order. This is our focus right now.” A diplomatic row continues between India and Canada over the killing of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The controversy arose after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of ‘possible’ involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia, Canada. India had declared Nijjar a terrorist in 2020. India on Tuesday rejected the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated” and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in retaliation for Canada expelling an Indian official over the matter. Asked whether the evidence he cited was comprehensive, Trudeau said, “Certainly, there are credible allegations that we need to take very seriously as Canadians and indeed as a world.” Trudeau said his government does not want to provoke or create problems.
“There is no doubt that India’s importance is growing and it is a country that we need to continue to work with, not just in the region but across the world,” he said. We do not want to provoke or create problems. But we are clear about the importance of the rule of law and the importance of protecting Canadians.” Trudeau said. “So we call on the Indian government to get to the bottom of this matter and uncover the truth.” Work with us to ensure justice and accountability.” Earlier on Thursday, India asked Canada to deal sternly with terrorists and anti-India elements operating from its soil.
India also suspended visa services for Canadian citizens. Tension between the two countries has increased due to the murder of Nijjar and relations have reached the lowest level. India also asked Canada to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in the country (India). New Delhi argued that the number of Canadian diplomatic staff in India is higher than the existing Indian diplomatic staff in Canada and there should be parity in strength and rank in terms of mutual presence.
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