Khalistani chants in front of Trudeau, India expresses displeasure by summoning ambassador

Taslima Jamal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

India-Canada diplomatic relations were strained again. Khalistani was accused of chanting slogans demanding an independent state in front of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday. India reacted strongly by summoning the Canadian ambassador for this incident.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a Khalsa Day event in Toronto on Sunday. Apart from this, leaders of the opposition New Democratic Party Pierre Poilever and Jagmeet Singh were also present at the event. It was during Justin Trudeau’s speech that slogans were raised demanding an independent and sovereign Khalistani state.

India expressed its displeasure by summoning Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner. Not only that, the Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying, “This incident will have a negative impact on India-Canada bilateral relations”.

Tensions in India-Canada bilateral relations are not new here, almost seven months ago the Canadian Prime Minister targeted India for the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar while standing in the Canadian Parliament. There was a lot of confusion about the relationship between the two countries. Seven months later, tensions arose again over Khalistani slogans.

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