‘Canada’s allegations against India test US-India Partnership’, says Analyst
Canada’s allegations regarding the Indian government’s involvement in the fatal shooting of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada could be the most significant test of the strength of the US-India partnership since early 2000s, said US-based senior Defence Analyst Derek J. Grossman on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, South Asia Institute Director at the Wilson Center, Michael Kugelman, also said Canada’s allegations against India are a “reflection of a highly fraught relationship.”
“The Canadians didn’t go about this quietly. Trudeau made the direct accusation while speaking before the House of Commons, and his government publicly identified an Indian diplomat it expelled as the head of Indian intel in Canada,” Kugelman said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expelled a top Indian diplomat as he accused the Indian government agents of killing Khalistan supporter Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June this year.
However, India has rejected allegations by Canada. “We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in an official statement.
“Allegations of 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 the rule of law,” the statement said.
(With ANI inputs)
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Updated: 19 Sep 2023, 11:36 AM IST