Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has stated that the Indian government is not denying the investigation into the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He emphasized that the Canadian government should provide evidence to substantiate its claims that Indian agents were involved in Nijjar’s murder. The Foreign Minister made these remarks during his visit to Britain, where he discussed various issues, including China and Canada, in a program in London.
Jaishankar participated in the return ceremony of stolen idols of the 8th-century temple looted from Lokhari, Uttar Pradesh, in London. During this event, he addressed the allegations against Indian agents in the Nijjar murder case made by Canada. The Foreign Minister’s statement comes at a time when, two months ago, the government of Justin Trudeau accused Indian agents of Nijjar’s murder, leading India’s top diplomat to leave Ottawa.
‘We’re Ready for an Investigation, Show Us Proof’: Jaishankar
Foreign Minister Jaishankar mentioned that they have informed the Canadian people. The reality is that they believe violent and extremist politics have found a place in Canadian politics, which primarily discusses separatism from India. He said that these people have found a place in Canadian politics. They have the freedom to hold their opinions, but freedom of speech or expression comes with responsibility.
Jaishankar stated that the misuse of these freedoms for political purposes is not acceptable. If there is a reason to make such allegations, please share the evidence with us. We are not denying the investigation.
On India-China Relations:
Discussing China, the Foreign Minister stated that China’s rise is a reality, but India’s rise is also happening at the same time. Rises can be different. They cannot be judged quantitatively or qualitatively. India and China have civilizations that are among the world’s oldest. He said that there are some things that need to be recognized. We have the world’s fifth-largest economy and the largest population.