The Indian government has rejected the allegations of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (File photo)New Delhi:
The Congress party has backed the Indian government over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation that "Indian agents played a role" in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June 2023. The Indian government has also dismissed the Canadian PM's allegations as 'absurd and motivated'.
Congress communications in-charge Jairam Ramesh has said that the interests and concerns of the country should be kept at the top at all times. "The Indian National Congress has always believed that there should be no compromise in our country's fight against terrorism, especially when terrorism threatens India's sovereignty, unity and integrity... The interests and concerns of the country should be kept at the top at all times," he said.
The Indian National Congress has always believed that our country's fight against terrorism has to be uncompromising, especially when terrorism threatens India's sovereignty, unity and integrity. Our country's interests and concerns must be kept paramount at all times.#Canada
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) September 19, 2023
Despite differences with the government on domestic issues, opposition parties usually support the government on international issues.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a wanted terrorist in India, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near a gurdwara in Surrey.
Justin Trudeau had said that his government had "credible allegations" linking Nijjar's murder to "Indian government agents". In an emergency session of Parliament, Justin Trudeau had said, "The involvement of any foreign government in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is a violation of our sovereignty, which is unacceptable..."
India has rejected the allegations and accused Canada of harbouring Khalistani terrorists. "A number of illegal activities, including murder, human trafficking and organised crime, are not new in Canada," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.