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India-Canada Row: ‘If Bigger Countries Violate Law Without Consequences…” Justin Trudeau

Amid diplomatic standoff with India, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has said that the world will become more dangerous for everyone if big countries can violate international law without any consequences.

Relations between New Delhi and Ottawa have been strained after the country accused the country of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was shot dead outside a gurudwara in British Columbia, Canada in June. He was the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force and one of India’s most wanted terrorists. India has vehemently rejected the charges.

The Canadian PM was addressing the media at the launch of the nationwide smart energy grid. Answering the question whether the US should raise the issue with India on behalf of Canada?

 He said, “Agents of the Indian government are involved in the murder of Canadian citizens on Canadian soil. We contacted India and asked them to work with us to get to the bottom of this matter. We have investigated these serious violations of international law.” “We also reached out to our friends and allies like the United States and others to work on this. This is something we are taking very seriously, we will continue to work with all partners.”

He said Canada is a country that will always stand up for the rule of law. “If big countries can violate international law without consequences, then the whole world becomes more dangerous for everyone.”

Asked whether Indian envoy Sanjay Kumar Verma would be given a reprieve by Canadian MP Chandra Arya amid diplomatic standoff The invitation to the event was appropriate… Trudeau said Canada wants to “work constructively” with India on this “very serious matter.” The Government of India and partners around the world have been contacted. “That’s why we were deeply disappointed when India violated the Vienna Convention and arbitrarily revoked the diplomatic immunity of more than 40 Canadians.”

The Canadian PM said that we have serious reasons to believe that agents of the Indian government may be involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil and India’s response was to arrest a group of Canadian diplomats by violating their rights under the Vienna Convention. The entire group has to be taken out. This is a matter of concern for countries around the world.

India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has also expressed concern over threats facing Indian diplomats and consuls in Canada. He said our diplomats have been threatened, our consulates have been attacked and comments are often made about ‘interference in our politics’.

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