Ottawa/Canada. Canada News: Sanjay Kumar Verma, India’s High Commissioner in Canada, stated that India is only seeking “specific and relevant” evidence in the killing of India-designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in order to assist Canada in concluding the investigation.
He also stated that rather than focusing on differences, India-Canada relations should focus on convergence, as New Delhi remains open to business relations and encourages Ottawa to send more business delegations here.
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“We have always said that India is ready to look into any specific and relevant shared by our Canadian friends and take it forward in a logical way that is legally defendable in both countries,” the Indian High Commissioner said in an interview with Canadian journalist Tahir Gora at TAG TV Toronto.
When asked if India is looking into the allegations and concerns raised by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Verma stated that India is only seeking relevant information so that New Delhi can assist Ottawa in resolving the case.
pursue legal action
“India is only seeking specific and relevant information in order to assist you.” We can assist the Canadian investigators in reaching their conclusion to the point where they can pursue legal action…I will urge my Canadian colleagues and friends to do the same. “I can assure them that we will investigate them,” he added.
The Indian envoy went on to say that the Canadian side understands New Delhi’s concerns, but that more action is needed on the ground.
“We have expressed our concerns on numerous occasions, including today, as a result of our historical relationship here.” I believe that our concerns are being heard in Canadian policy-making and decision-making circles. “I have no doubt that I have seen many statements from the Canadian leadership respecting Indian sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Verma said.
challenge Indian sovereignty
“We need to see more on the ground and through dialogue,” he added. I’m sure we’ll see that convergence on the ground, as well as any semblance of Canadian citizens using Canadian soil to target and challenge Indian sovereignty.”
The Indian envoy went on to say that while New Delhi and Ottawa have a long history of friendship, they are experiencing ‘divergence’ on this one issue.
He also emphasized that rather than focusing on divergence, the two countries should focus on convergence and move forward.
“Trade is a completely separate issue…it is a convergent.” Trade brings us together, and I would suggest that our friends, both in the Indo-Canadian community and the wider Canadian community, take advantage of India’s current economic growth and innovative growth and do trade in a way that benefits both of us,” the Indian envoy said.
“If you look at the innovations, both of us are very proud of our innovative ecosystems,” he added. We would encourage them to keep working in this direction. Consider agriculture. Canada is a G7 country…it is industrialized, but it is still an agricultural economy. And it has done agricultural trade with India for a very long time. There is no reason to limit the desire to continue that business. When it comes to technology, everything is the same.”
murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar
Ties between India and Canada have been strained since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed earlier this year that India was involved in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. On June 18, Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada.
India dismissed the claims as “absurd and motivated,” and expelled a Canadian diplomat in retaliation for Ottawa’s request that a senior Indian diplomat depart.
According to the MEA, Canada has not been able to produce any proof to back up its assertions about the killing.
Canada pulled out 41 diplomats from India
Last month, Canada pulled out 41 diplomats from India and also halted its visa and consular services in Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Bengaluru consulates in the wake of the Union government’s decision to strip them of their immunity.
This came after New Delhi conveyed its concerns to Ottawa over the disproportionate number of diplomats in India and sought a ‘parity’ in diplomatic strength.
Earlier, in September this year, Trudeau alleged the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of the Khalistani terrorist.
Additionally, New Delhi stopped issuing visas to Canada; but, after a “considerable review of the security situation,” it decided to start issuing visas again for four categories.