Canada not seeking to “provoke or escalate” Nijjar affair with India, says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is not seeking to escalate the situation with India after revealing “credible” intelligence allegations that Indian government agents participated in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh leader canadian.

Instead, he says Canada is seeking the facts and calls on India to cooperate in the investigation into Nijjar’s murder in British Columbia last June.

“One of the things that is so important today is that the Indian government takes this issue seriously. This is extremely serious and has far-reaching consequences for international law,” Trudeau said, adding that Canada would “remain calm.”

“Canadians have the right and need to know when things like this happen, and that is why we made the decision to do this.

“We are not looking to provoke or degenerate. We are simply stating the facts as we understand them and we want to work with the Indian government.

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On Monday, Trudeau stood up in the House of Commons and shared the allegations. Ahead of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, he said this was based on an intelligence a**lysis that was developed over the summer when asked why he was now sharing the allegations.

“We wanted to make sure that we had a solid foundation to understand what was happening, in a**lysis and even in fact, and we wanted to make sure that we took the time to talk with our allies and share what we knew,” he said. declared Trudeau. .

“We wanted to make sure that we fully shared with the Indian government the seriousness and depth of our concerns and even our conclusions.”

In June, Nijjar was k**led in his truck in Surrey, British Columbia, outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.

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RCMP said the suspects were two masked men, who may not have been acting alone. They described it as a targeted attack and said there was no threat to the Sikh community as a whole.

The Indian government denies any involvement in the k*****g and expelled a Canadian diplomat on Tuesday morning after Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly announced the expulsion of a senior Indian security official who was working in Canada on Monday afternoon.

Nijjar was considered a terrorist by the Indian government, and the Indian government criticized Canada, saying the government sympathized with and harbored Khalistan extremists.

Before his death, Nijjar had denied the allegations.

The Sikh independence movement advocates the creation of a state of Sikh origin called Khalistan in the province of Punjab.

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