29 Apr 2024

India Summons Canada Envoy Over Khalistan Slogans During PM Trudeau's Appearance

New Delhi summoned Canada's Deputy High Commissioner after slogans of 'Khalistan Zindabad' were raised during an event attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. India emphasized the adverse impact on bilateral relations and the potential for fostering a climate of violence.

The Canadian Deputy High Commissioner was today summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) with regard to the raising of separatist slogans on ‘Khalistan’ at an event which was being personally addressed by the Prime Minister of Canada.

MEA said in a statement that the Government of India’s deep concern and strong protest was conveyed at such disturbing actions being allowed to continue unchecked at the event. This illustrates once again the political space that has been given in Canada to separatism, extremism and violence. Their continued expressions not only impact India-Canada relations but also encourage a climate of violence and criminality in Canada to the detriment of its own citizens.

Video footage showed escalating chants of 'Khalistan Zindabad'

Video footage from Canada-based CPAC TV showed escalating chants of 'Khalistan Zindabad' as PM Trudeau and other dignitaries, including Opposition leader Pierre Poilievre, addressed the audience to commemorate Khalsa Day. Among the attendees were New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, drawing thousands to downtown Toronto for the annual gathering.

Trudeau, whose previous remarks linking India to the death of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar had strained relations, reiterated his commitment to safeguarding the rights and freedoms of Sikhs in Canada, pledging to combat hatred and discrimination against the community.

India has firmly dismissed Canada's allegations as unfounded and driven by ulterior motives, accusing Ottawa of sheltering Sikh separatists.

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