Canada India Tension: Why did a Canadian politician take a dig at Trudeau in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar case? What is the opinion of America and Britain?

Hardeep Singh Nijjar Murder Case: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused India of having a hand in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Regarding the allegations made against India, Conservative Party of Canada leader Pierre Poilievre has sought clarification from Trudeau in this matter.

Pierre was asked by the media that apart from sending the Indian diplomat back to India from Canada, what other steps should be taken? In response, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada said, ‘I think the Prime Minister needs to come up with all the facts. We need to know all the possible evidence, so that the people of the country can take a decision on this matter.’

Pierre Poilievre said, "The Prime Minister has not given any facts. He has made a statement and I would just emphasize that he told me no more privately than he told Canadians publicly. That’s why we want to know more information." Taking a dig at Trudeau, he said that if evidence is not presented in favor of the allegations, they will be proven wrong, therefore we should have such evidence which can support the Prime Minister’s statement. 

.@PierrePoilievre says PM Trudeau needs to provide more facts after the government expelled an Indian diplomat and accused India of being behind the murder of a Khalistani activist in BC

Poilievre also points out that in contrast, Trudeau was aware of China’s foreign…

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What’s the matter?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had accused the Indian government of involvement in the murder of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Tension between Canada and India has increased after Prime Minister Trudeau’s comments. Both the countries have decided to send the diplomats of each other back to their country.

Canada had sought America’s support

Canada sought America’s support on the allegations against India but America distanced itself from it. America, Britain and Australia have expressed concern over the allegations made by Justin Trudeau on India, they have refrained from giving any kind of comment in this matter. These countries believe that they would like to avoid any statement on this until the investigation is completed. 

A UK government spokesperson said, "We are in touch with our Canadian partners regarding these serious allegations. One should refrain from making any kind of comments during the investigation." Along with this, trade talks with India will continue as before. 

On Tuesday the US White House said, "We remain in constant communication with our Canadian partners, it is vital that the Canadian investigation moves forward and the perpetrators are brought to justice." Australian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Penny Wong said, "The government is very worried about the allegations made by Canada. We have conveyed our concerns to India at senior levels." 

What did India say about the allegations

India has rejected the allegations made by Canada, calling them absurd and politically motivated. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, such baseless allegations seek to divert attention from Khalistani extremists and terrorists, who have been given sanctuary in Canada and threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  

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