Exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar mentioned India didn’t rule out an investigation however Canada has not shared any proof towards ‘Indian brokers’ concerned within the homicide of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, as publicly alleged by Canada. The feedback from the minister got here throughout a dialog with journalist Lionel Barber titled ‘How a Billion Folks See the World’ in London. Amid the continued diplomatic disaster between India and Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau final week mentioned Canada didn’t need the battle with India but when greater international locations can violate worldwide regulation with out penalties, then the entire world will get extra harmful for everybody.
On the problem, Jaishankar mentioned, “We really feel that Canadian politics has given house to violent and excessive political beliefs which advocate separatism from India, together with via violent means. These individuals have been accommodated in Canadian politics. They’re given the liberty to articulate their views.”
The Canadian authorities didn’t take any motion when there was an assault on the excessive fee and the diplomats have been intimidated in public on report. Calling Canada a rustic with a earlier historical past, Jaishankar referred to the bombing of an Air India flight and mentioned, “We’re a democracy, they’re a democracy. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression additionally comes with a sure duty. The misuse of these freedoms and the toleration of that misuse for political functions can be very unsuitable…”
“Concerning Trudeau, I’ve mentioned it with my counterpart — I nonetheless do — we advised them look, when you’ve got a cause to make such an allegation, please share the proof with us. We’re not ruling out an investigation and taking a look at something which they could have to supply. They have not completed so,” Jaishankar mentioned.
On a query on Hardeep Singh Nijjar as as to if Jaishankar believed he was a terrorist, the international minister mentioned, “He has a observe report which is there within the social media. That observe report is a reasonably graphic one. I would go away everyone to make their judgement. He held public positions.”
Amid the India-Canada row, over 40 Canadian diplomats have been shifted out of India after New Delhi raised the problem of a disparity within the variety of diplomats. Canada had the next variety of diplomats current in India and New Delhi accused them of interfering in India’s inner affairs.