'We oppose any move ...': India on Canadian Parliament observing 'one minute silence' for Nijjar

'we oppose any move ...': india on canadian parliament observing 'one minute silence' for nijjar

'We oppose any move ...': India on Canadian Parliament observing 'one minute silence' for Nijjar

NEW DELHI: India on Friday strongly objected to Canadian Parliament's move to observe a minute of silence in honor of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

During a press briefing, the ministry of external affairs stated, "We naturally oppose any moves giving political space to extremism and advocacy of violence."

The remark comes days after Canadian House of Commons marking the first death anniversary of Nijjar, who was designated as a terrorist by the Indian government. Nijjar was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023. Canadian police have arrested four Indian nationals in connection with the murder. Four people of Punjabi origin were arrested over the last few weeks for their alleged involvement in the murder.

On Khalistani 'citizen's courts' in Canada, Jaiswal said, "Time again, we have said that Khalistani activities are a matter of serious concern for us. We have been repeatedly calling upon the government of Canada to take action. Political space provided to extremist anti-India elements and those advocating violence must stop and they must take action."

"We have strongly protested at the Canadian High Commission here. Such courts or gatherings are not helpful at all. We have strongly taken it up with them and asked them to take appropriate action in the matter," he added.

The Indian consulate general in Vancouver responded almost immediately with a reminder of the country's fight against terror and an open invitation to the diaspora to 'a show of solidarity against terrorism' at a memorial service this weekend for the 329 victims of the 1985 Kanishka bombing.

The Montreal-New Delhi Air India 'Kanishka' Flight 182 exploded 45 minutes before it was scheduled to land at London's Heathrow Airport on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. The bombing was blamed on Sikh militants in retaliation to 'Operation Bluestar'.

India's ties with Canada have remained strained over the issue of Khalistan terrorists after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged in September last year of the "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar. India has dismissed Trudeau's allegations as "absurd and motivated". India has been maintaining that the main issue between the two countries is that of Canada giving space to pro-Khalistan elements operating from Canadian soil with impunity.

Jaiswal added that he has not received any consular access request for Indian national Nikhil Gupta, who faces charges in an American courtroom for allegedly being involved in a murder-for-hire plot against Khalistani separatist Gurpratwant Singh Pannun.

"He was extradited to the United States on 14 June. We have not received any request for consular access from Nikhil Gupta. But his family has got in touch with us... And we are looking at the matter as to what can be done on their request," said Jaiswal.

He was arrested in the Czech Republic on June 30, 2023, at the request of the US government.

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