Diplomatic strain between India and Canada
Diplomatic strain between India and Canada: expulsions and accusations
India has taken a significant diplomatic step by expelling a senior Canadian diplomat in response to allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The allegations suggest that India played a role in the killing of a Khalistani terrorist named Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. This move escalates the diplomatic tensions between the two countries and has wider implications.
Justin Trudeau claimed that his government had "credible allegations" connecting the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar to individuals associated with the Indian government. This accusation was met with strong denial from the Indian government, which described it as "absurd and motivated."
Reciprocal diplomatic actions
In retaliation, Canada expelled a senior Indian diplomat, reportedly the head of India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in Canada. India then reciprocated by expelling an unnamed senior Canadian diplomat, giving them five days to leave the country. This tit-for-tat exchange highlights the growing tensions between the two nations.
Background of diplomatic tensions
Tensions had been simmering prior to these events. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concerns to Trudeau during the G20 summit in Delhi about secessionist activities and Khalistan supporters attacking Indian diplomatic missions in Canada. Following this, Canada postponed a planned trade mission to India in October.
Indian Government's position
India staunchly rejected Trudeau's allegations and expressed deep concern about Canadian political figures openly supporting Khalistani elements. The Indian government accused Canada of providing shelter to Khalistani terrorists and extremists, threatening India's sovereignty. India highlighted the space Canada has given to various illegal activities, including murders, human trafficking, and organized crime. It urged Canada to take prompt action against all "anti-India elements" operating within its borders.