The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the decision to expel the Canadian diplomat was a response to similar action taken by the Ottawa government a day earlier.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced: “The Canadian diplomat has been asked to leave India within 5 days. This decision reflects the growing concerns of the Government of India about interference with diplomats.” Give Canada responsibility for our internal affairs.
Earlier, on September 18, Canada had expelled an Indian diplomat, whom Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie described as “the leader of the Indian intelligence agency in Canada”.
Tensions escalated with Canada and India expelling each other’s diplomats over the killing of a Sikh activist in Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on September 18. Photo: AP
In a speech in the Canadian Parliament on September 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa security agencies were investigating Hardeep Singh Nijjar over “credible allegations of links between the killing of Indian and Canadian citizens”.
According to Mr. Trudeau, “The involvement of any foreign government in the killing of Canadian citizens on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. In the strongest terms possible, I continue to call on Indian authorities to cooperate with Canada Am.” Resolve this issue.”
India has said it rejects Canada’s “unwarranted” suspicions regarding the death of Mr. Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
According to the news agency APMr. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a lawyer and spokesman for Sikhs for Justice, said that before Mr. Nijjar was killed, Canadian intelligence officials had warned him about being targeted for assassination by “mercenaries.” Shoot.
Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a wanted terrorist by India, was shot dead near Vancouver in June. Mr Nijjar was said to be organizing an open referendum. At the time of his shooting he was an official calling for the establishment of an independent Sikh state in India. ,
Canada is one of the countries with the largest expatriate Indian community, numbering approximately 1.4 million out of Canada’s total population of 40 million. In the 2021 Canadian Census, over 770,000 people were Sikh, about 2% of the total population.