Canada's "political compulsion" to hold India accountable for the Sikh murders: New Delhi

Mohamed Shalaby - | Mix

The foreign minister of New Delhi stated that Canada's inquiry into claims that India was complicit in the murder of a Sikh separatist in Vancouver last year is a "political compulsion" following the arrest of three Indian nationals in connection with the incident.

India fiercely denied the accusations, calling them "absurd," temporarily stopping the visa application process and compelling Canada to drastically scale back its diplomatic presence there.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was quoted by the Press Trust of India news agency on Saturday as saying, "It is their political compulsion in Canada to blame India."

A separatist insurrection in the 1980s that sought to establish Khalistan, a nation for Sikhs, claimed thousands of lives before security forces put an end to it.

Within India, the movement has mostly fizzled out, but among the vociferous minority of the Sikh diaspora, which has its greatest community in Canada (about 770,000 people), the movement continues to have support.

According to Jaishankar, New Delhi has attempted to convince Ottawa that the Sikh separatists are "causing problems for them (Canada), for us and also for our relationship" and has therefore pressed Ottawa to deny them political legitimacy and visas.

In some situations, he continued, "police agencies also do not cooperate with us, nor do they share any evidence with us from Canada."

After moving to Canada in 1997, Nijjar became a citizen eighteen years later. Indian officials were looking for him on suspicion of terrorism and murderous plot.

All three of the captured Indian nationals were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy; they were all in their twenties.

They were charged with carrying out his murder in June of last year as the shooter, driver, and lookout.

It was acknowledged by the Canadian authorities that "others may have played a role" in the murder.

An Indian citizen residing in the Czech Republic was accused by the US Justice Department in November of planning to carry out a similar assassination attempt on a different Sikh separatist leader on US territory.

Last week, a Washington Post investigation revealed that the plot involved Indian foreign intelligence agents; however, New Delhi refuted this accusation.

About Author

Mohamed Shalaby
Mohamed Shalaby
47 Total posts

Read Also

Dubai announces a major cycling network expansion with New Paths

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is working on a huge infrastructure project that will include a dedicated lane for bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians.

The University of Sharjah reveals collaborative educational ventures in Egypt

The University of Sharjah recently embarked on a five-day journey to Egypt, sparking discussions about potentially establishing a branch in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

UAE unveils the number of accidents caused by sudden deviations in 2023

According to data from the Ministry of Interior, there were 696 traffic accidents countrywide last year as a result of sudden car swerves while driving, up from 607 accidents in 2022.

UAE launches 400 scholarships for exceptional students in private schools

More than 400 scholarships are being offered by Dubai's private schools to deserving Emirati students as a result of a partnership between the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Knowledge Fund Establishment.

UAE condemns assault on Slovak Prime Minister

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a strong condemnation of the recent attack on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

UAE: Spectacular "Flower Moon" Celestial Event on This Date

The celestial spectacle of the Flower Moon, set to grace the United Arab Emirates' night sky on May 22, beckons both seasoned stargazers and casual observers alike to witness its enchanting radiance.

UAE introduces proposal for electronic system to monitor food diseases

The issue of food safety is paramount to ensuring the health and well-being of a nation's citizens.

UAE: GACA launches a protocol for managing infectious diseases during travel

A new policy that aims to improve air safety, especially in light of infectious diseases, has been introduced by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

UAE Health Authority launches the largest hybrid cord blood bank in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Department of Health, in conjunction with M42, has revealed the formation of the Abu Dhabi Biobank.

UAE announces CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Results

Students at CBSE-affiliated schools in Dubai are making remarkable achievements following the Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) announcement of Class 10 and Class 12 results.

UAE Police introduces the first "Tent Pegging" team in Dubai

By demonstrating the riders' exceptional horsemanship, Dubai Mounted Police Station creates the first "tent pegging" police team in the United Arab Emirates.

UAE Travelers: Your Comprehensive Guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a city where tradition intertwines seamlessly with modernity, stands as a beacon of vibrancy in the Far East.

Fujairah Authority unveils Rising Fire Incidents and Drowning Decline in 2023

The Fujairah Civil Defense Department recently disclosed concerning statistics regarding fire incidents in the emirate. Shockingly, the past year witnessed a surge in fatalities and injuries due to fires.

UAE unveils road accident statistics in 2023

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has taken a proactive step by releasing 'open data' concerning road safety statistics for the year 2023, offering valuable insights into the prevalent risks and challenges faced on UAE roads.

Abu Dhabi announces "Dark Sky" policy aimed at combating light pollution

The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport has unveiled a fresh environmental directive titled the "Abu Dhabi Dark Skies General Policy," with the objective of safeguarding Abu Dhabi's nighttime scenery while advancing a...

UAE introduces a new decision to ease free parking accessibility

In a groundbreaking move, the city of Sharjah has revolutionized its parking policies to better accommodate people of determination (PoD).

UAE unveils key appointments at Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority

The President of the State, may God protect him, and the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have signed many important Emiri Decrees that demonstrate his dedication to promoting integrity and anti-corruption...

UAE introduces $15 million in aid for Kenyan flood relief

A dire image of extensive loss and devastation is painted by the aftermath of the recent floods in Kenya.

Presidential Court extends condolences over the death of Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan

The nation is plunged into mourning as the Presidential Office solemnly acknowledges the passing of Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

UAE Police introduces a new luxury car to its fleet

An "Audi RS Q8" was recently added to the Tourist Police Patrol by Dubai Police, marking a step toward more sophisticated security measures.

How to download the Abu Dhabi 2024 financial aid application form, ready to print