International Allies Express Deep Concerns Over Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's Allegations on Indian Government Agents in Sikh Leader's Murder

International Allies Express Deep Concerns Over Canadian PM Justin Trudeaus Allegations on Indian Government Agents in Sikh Leaders Murder

The United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States have expressed their concerns over the serious allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau linking Indian government agents to the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia earlier this year. The UK has stated that it is in close contact with its Canadian partners regarding the allegations and will refrain from further comments during the ongoing investigation. Australia has also voiced its deep concerns and has conveyed them to India at a senior level.

The US National Security Council has released a statement expressing its deep concern about the allegations. The allegations have strained the diplomatic relations between India and Canada, with India dismissing them as baseless and motivated. India has urged Canada to take legal action against anti-Indian elements operating from its soil. In response, Canada has expelled India's top intelligence agent in the country, and India has expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move. The escalating tensions have also impacted trade ties between the two countries, with talks on a proposed trade deal frozen.

Bilateral trade between the two countries in 2022 amounted to just 13.7 billion Canadian dollars, highlighting the potential economic consequences of the strained relations. Canada has a significant Sikh population, with the highest number of Sikhs outside their home state of Punjab in India. The country is also home to a large community of Indian origin. The allegations have sparked protests by Sikhs in Canada calling for an independent state, further exacerbating the tensions between India and Canada. The investigation into Hardeep Singh Nijjar's murder is ongoing, with three suspects identified by British Columbia's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. No arrests have been made so far.

The Canadian government is actively pursuing credible allegations and urging India to cooperate to uncover the truth. India has emphasized its commitment to the rule of law and called for swift and effective legal action against anti-India elements operating in Canada. The international community, including the UK, Australia, and the US, is closely watching the developments and stresses the need for a thorough investigation and bringing the perpetrators to justice. The allegations and their implications on bilateral relations and trade ties underline the seriousness of the situation and the need for a resolution between the two countries.

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