Canada seeks India cooperation in murder probe

Canada seeks India cooperation in murder probe. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday called on India to cooperate with its investigation into the murder of a Sikh separatist after earlier this week pointing to Indian agents as suspects.

Canada seeks India cooperation in murder probe
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, US, on September 21, 2023.

On the eve of the UN General Assembly in New York, Trudeau stated, “We call upon the government of India to engage with us to establish processes to unearth the truth of this problem and to allow for justice and accountability to be served.

However, he declined to give the proof that led him to charge India with the murder on Monday, indicating that would be left up to the courts to make public should the matter ever go to trial.

The murder of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar near Vancouver in June was allegedly carried out by Indian spies, according to claims made by Trudeau on Monday that set off a significant diplomatic crisis.

The repercussions led to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions and a vehement denial from India, which referred to any allegations that it was involved in Nijjar’s murder as “absurd.”

In addition, India halted processing visa requests for Canadian citizens, blaming “security threats” for “disrupting” the work of its authorities, and demanded a reduction in the number of Canadian diplomats stationed in India.

When questioned on Thursday about Canada’s friends’ apparent lack of response to the charges, Trudeau reiterated that his administration “is not looking to provoke or cause problems.”

With growing concerns about China, Western nations led by the United States have been pursuing India for years as a natural ally.

Trudeau declared, “There is no doubt that India is a country of growing importance and a country with which we need to continue working.”

However, we are unwavering in our support for the rule of law and in our belief that Canadians must be protected.

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