Canada, US worked closely on possible India link to Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing

Canada, US worked closely on possible India link to Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing

Canada collaborated closely with the United States in gathering intelligence regarding the potential involvement of Indian agents in the murder of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. This information was shared by a senior Canadian government source on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that domestic intelligence agencies were actively investigating credible allegations linking New Delhi’s agents to the shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.

The source stated that Canada has been working closely with the U.S., including the recent public disclosure. The evidence in Canada’s possession will be shared at an appropriate time, but the official did not disclose their name due to the sensitivity of the information.

Trudeau emphasized the far-reaching consequences of the case in international law and urged the Indian government to take the matter seriously and cooperate with Canada’s investigation.

India promptly dismissed Trudeau’s assertion as absurd and retaliated by expelling a Canadian diplomat, mirroring Canada’s expulsion of India’s top intelligence figure on Monday.

This dispute further strains diplomatic relations that have been deteriorating over the years, with New Delhi expressing dissatisfaction over Sikh separatist activities in Canada.

Roland Paris, Trudeau’s former foreign policy adviser and a professor of international affairs at the University of Ottawa, commented that normal discussions between the two governments will likely be challenging until this issue is resolved.

U.S. authorities expressed their support for Canada’s investigation, emphasizing the importance of a thorough and transparent inquiry. They urged the Indian government to cooperate with the investigation.

Some, including Canada’s Conservative opposition leader Pierre Poilievre, are calling on Trudeau to present the evidence that the government possesses.

The trade talks between Canada and India have been put on hold, and a major trade mission scheduled for October has been canceled due to concerns surrounding the murder.

A second Canadian source familiar with the situation confirmed that both the pause in trade talks and the cancellation of the trade mission were a result of the concerns related to the murder.

New Delhi has long urged Ottawa to take action against anti-Indian elements and has been unhappy with Sikh separatist activities in Canada.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar advocated for the creation of an independent Sikh homeland called Khalistan in Punjab, India’s northern state and the birthplace of the Sikh religion. India designated him as a “terrorist” in 2020.

Canada has the largest population of Sikhs outside of Punjab, with approximately 770,000 individuals identifying Sikhism as their religion in the 2021 census.

Reporting by Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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