Sun. Sep 24th, 2023

Hours after India on Tuesday rejected “absurd” accusations by the Canadian authorities on the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Congress mentioned it believed that the nation’s battle in opposition to terrorism must be uncompromising, and the nation’s pursuits and considerations have to be saved paramount always.

The sharp response from the Congress got here after Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused New Delhi of involvement within the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia’s Surrey in June, a cost denied by the Indian authorities.

In a submit on X, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh mentioned, “The Indian National Congress has always believed that our country’s fight against terrorism has to be uncompromising, especially when terrorism threatens India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.”

“Our country’s interests and concerns must be kept paramount at all times, ” he mentioned.

His remarks got here after India on Tuesday rejected the “absurd” accusations by the Canadian authorities that Indian brokers had been concerned within the killing of Nijjar.

India’s relations with Canada nosedived on Tuesday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused New Delhi of involvement within the killing of Nijjar in British Columbia’s Surrey in June.

Canada additionally expelled “a senior Indian diplomat” for India’s alleged involvement within the killing.

Nijjar, who was spearheading the Khalistani referendum in Canada, was gunned down by two individuals on June 18 within the car parking zone of Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.

Trudeau informed the House of Commons that the “agents of the Indian government” carried out Nijjar’s killing.

Trudeau mentioned: “Any involvement of a international authorities within the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It is opposite to the basic guidelines by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves.

“As you would expect, we have been working closely and coordinating with our allies on this very serious matter.”

Trudeau mentioned that he introduced the problem to the discover of the Indian Prime Minister throughout his go to. “Canada declared its deep concerns to the top intelligence and security officials of the Indian government last week at the G20. I brought them personally and directly to Prime Minister Modi.”

The Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to the Canadian Prime Minister’s remarks and in a press release mentioned, “We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister. Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated…We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to rule of law.”

In the assertion, the MEA mentioned, “Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

“The inaction of the Canadian government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern. That Canadian political figures have openly expressed sympathy for such elements remains a matter of deep concern. The space given in Canada to a range of illegal activities including murders, human trafficking and organised crime is not new. We reject any attempts to connect Government of India to such developments. We urge the Government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil, ” the MEA added.

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