Thursday , 29 February 2024
Thursday , 29 February 2024

Convicted before Trial, says Indian Envoy

  • 29 Nov, 2023

The Rising Panjab Bureau

The downfall in the relationship between India and Canada after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India of being involved in the murder of the Khalistan Commando Force Chief and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, an Indo-Canadian national, does not seem to recover anytime soon.  This is so despite India trying its best to normalise relations as is evident from the fact that full-fledged Indian visa services have been restored for the Canadian citizens after a brief pause.  The recent Financial Times planted article in the garb of “Intelligence Leaks” suggesting that the FBI thwarted a plot to assassinate the India-designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun by suspected Indian ‘agents’ has further provided Justin Trudeau alibi to repeat his “motivated and absurd” allegations against India.  The obvious purpose of the ‘plot’ story prime facie seems to absolve Pannun of the crime of threatening Air India passengers to deter them from flying the airline.  After the story appeared in the FT, no one is now talking about his threat.  It is now rather only about the ‘plot’ theory instead of the conspiracy of the West and Pakistan to completely divert from the issue.  

In view of the persistence of Canada in repeating its “credible allegation”, the High Commissioner of India to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma, in an interview with a Canadian TV channel, has said that Canada has “convicted” India in the Nijjar killing even before the conclusion of the case.  The Indian Envoy repeated India’s stand that the Indian government was ready to look into anything “very specific and relevant” if provided by the Canadian government that substantiates PM Trudeau’s allegations of India’s role in Nijjar’s murder.  He also said, “There are two points on that. One is that even without the investigation being concluded, India was convicted. Is that a rule of law”?  Explaining his remarks, the Indian Envoy said, “Because India was asked to cooperate and if you look at the typical criminal terminology, when someone asks to cooperate, it means you have already been convicted and you better cooperate. So, we took it in a very different interpretation. But, we have always said that if there is anything very specific and relevant, and communicated to us, we will look into it.”

The diatribe and invective statements by the Canadian politicians against India on the issue are proof enough that they prefer to play to the galleries for the sake of their vote bank without realizing the inherent threats in supporting the advocates of violence, extremism, and terrorism.  They also look the other way when bigots openly intimidate the top Indian diplomats including the High Commissioner of India in Canada.  Neither has any action been taken against those desecrating Hindu temples.  The irresponsible behavior and more than the casual approach of Canada in dealing with the bigotry and terror threats against India only expose its doublespeak.  Canada must realize the gravity of sacrificing its geopolitical interests and relations with the largest democracy in the world for the sake of its vote bank.  Its open support to extremists, bigots, and terrorists cannot take it far.

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