India raises concerns over rising Khalistan extremism in Canada during talks with Trudeau
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held bilateral talks in New Delhi on Sunday.
- India brought up the issue of rising Khalistan extremism in Canada during the discussions.
- Trudeau emphasized that the actions of a few individuals do not represent the entire community or Canada.
- Multiple incidents of Khalistan extremism have been reported in Canada, including protests, temple vandalization, and threats to Indian diplomats.
- Trudeau emphasized the importance of respecting the rule of law and preventing violence.
- Trudeau also highlighted the significance of India as an important economic partner and an important ally in fighting climate change.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau held bilateral talks in New Delhi on Sunday, during which India raised concerns over the rising Khalistan extremism in Canada. Trudeau responded by stating that Canada will always defend freedom of expression and peaceful protest, but will also prevent violence and push back against hatred.
Trudeau further emphasized that the actions of a few individuals do not represent the entire community or Canada. He stated, “On the issue of the community, it is important to remember that the actions of the few do not represent the entire community or Canada. The flip side of it, we also highlighted the importance of respecting the rule of law and we did talk about foreign interference.”
Canada has witnessed multiple incidents of Khalistan extremism in recent years. In June this year, a tableau parade was organized in Canada to celebrate the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which drew severe criticism from India. Earlier in March, Khalistan supporters held a protest outside the Indian Embassy in Canada, raising pro-Khalistan slogans and allegedly assaulting Indian-origin journalists. Pro-Khalistani protestors have also vandalized multiple temples in Canada, leaving anti-India graffiti.
In July, India expressed concerns over threats to its diplomats in posters circulated in Canada, which contained information about a pro-Khalistan rally. The posters included threats to the Indian Ambassador to Canada and the Consulate General in Toronto, alleging their involvement in the killing of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
During the talks, Trudeau acknowledged the significance of India as an important economic partner. He stated, “India is an extraordinarily important economy in the world and an important partner to Canada on everything from fighting climate change to creating growth and prosperity for the citizens.” Both leaders expressed their commitment to expanding existing cooperation in various sectors.
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