Canadian government policies have led to the growth of pro-Khalistan organizations in that country. India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made this complaint on Tuesday. Anandabazar newspaper has given this information in a report.
According to the report, Jaishankar said, “Canadian politics has given space to Khalistani and allowed them to engage in activities which are damaging India-Canada bilateral relations.”
Apart from this, in an interview given to the news agency ANI, Jaishankar complained that there have been incidents of crime and violence due to the rise of separatist forces in Canada in the last few years. The Government of India has helped Canada with a lot of information to prevent these crimes, and has also demanded the extradition of the perpetrators. But the administration of Canada did not bother with these issues for political reasons. The Indian foreign minister also commented that there is an environment conducive to separatist violence.
In this context, he referred to the incident of pro-Khalistan protest and attack on the Indian Embassy in Canada.
Anandabazar said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau targeted India while standing in the Canadian Parliament for the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar last September. But at the beginning of two weeks, Trudeau softened his tone and said that he did not want to go on the path of conflict with New Delhi on the matter.
On the other hand, despite pressure from New Delhi, it is difficult for Trudeau to take tough action against the pro-Khalistanists. Because the Trudeau government represents this minority, the Khalistanists are included.
Trudeau is leading the government, which needs the support of New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh to sustain the government. Jagmeet is a self-proclaimed pro-Khalistan. So the Trudeau government cannot react against them.
Earlier, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in October, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar expressed concern over the violence of pro-Khalistan in connection with the protests and attack on the Indian Embassy in Canada.