India not ruling out investigation into Canada’s allegations over Nijjar, but wants evidence: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India is not ruling out an investigation into Canada’s allegations about the involvement of the Indian government’s agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist in that country but wants it to provide evidence to back its claims.

Jaishankar made the comments on Wednesday in response to questions during a conversation with veteran journalist Lionel Barber titled ‘How a Billion People See the World’ here.

The ties between India and Canada came under severe strain following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September of a “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.

India has rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.

Jaishankar said that freedom of speech and freedom of expression come with a certain responsibility and the misuse of those freedoms and the toleration of that misuse for political purposes would be very wrong, referring to the pro-Khalistani activities in Canada.

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau underlined that a “fight” with India was not something Canada wanted to be having right now but reiterated his allegations and said Ottawa wanted to “work constructively” with New Delhi on this “very serious matter”.

Check Also

Fiery Rainbow Bridge car crash at US-Canada border kills 2; terrorism ruled out

Washington, November 23 A speeding car crashed in flames on the bridge linking New York …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *