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India Slams Canada Over Khalistani Floats


'Glorification Of Violence...': India Slams Canada Over Khalistani Floats

India on Tuesday once more hit out at Canada over a parade by Ontario Gurdwara Committee that raised separatist slogans and floats, together with an offensive one towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging Ottawa to “cease offering prison and secessionist parts a secure haven”.

The newest reminder comes barely every week after New Delhi summoned Canada’s Deputy Excessive Commissioner over the Khalistan slogans raised at an occasion attended by their Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Celebration and glorification of violence shouldn’t be part of any civilized society. Democratic nations which respect the rule of regulation shouldn’t permit intimidation by radical parts within the title of freedom of expression.

“We proceed to stay involved concerning the safety of our diplomatic representatives in Canada and count on the Authorities of Canada to make sure that they can perform their duties with out worry,” mentioned the Ministry of Exterior Affairs in an announcement.

Inflammatory speeches had been delivered by Dal Khalsa’s Paramjit Mand and Avtar Singh Pannu, declared a terrorist by the Indian safety companies, on the six-km Nagar Kirtan organised at Malton in Canada on Sunday. One of many floats displayed a map of Khalistan.

“As you might be conscious, we now have repeatedly raised our robust considerations relating to the violent imagery being utilized by extremist parts in Canada towards our political management. Final 12 months, a float depicting the assassination of our former Prime Minister was utilized in a procession,” mentioned the Ministry.

“We once more name upon the Authorities of Canada to cease offering prison and secessionist parts a secure haven and political area in Canada,” the assertion mentioned additional.

The ties between India and Canada got here beneath extreme pressure following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September final 12 months of the “potential” involvement of Indian brokers within the killing of 45-year-old Nijjar, a Khalistan separatist.

Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, was shot useless exterior a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023.

India has dismissed Trudeau’s prices as “absurd” and “motivated.”

The presence of Sikh separatist teams in Canada has lengthy annoyed India, which had designated Nijjar a “terrorist.”

After the arrest of the three Indian nationals final week in reference to the homicide, police in Canada mentioned that they had labored with US regulation enforcement companies with out giving extra particulars.

Reacting to the arrests, International Minister S Jaishankar mentioned Canada has been issuing visas to individuals with hyperlinks to organised crime regardless of warnings from New Delhi.

“In some nations, these sorts of individuals have organised themselves politically and grow to be a political foyer and in a few of these democratic nations, the politicians of those nations are made to imagine that in the event that they defer to those individuals or pander to those individuals, these individuals have some means to get a neighborhood to help them. So, they’ve tried to create area for themselves within the politics of those nations. I imply, at the moment, it is not a lot an issue within the US,” Mr Jaishankar mentioned final Saturday.

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