Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
The Canadian government has rejected a travel advisory issued by India over security threats in the country, saying it is one of the safest countries in the world and appealed to all people to maintain peace. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has alleged "possible" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June, triggering a diplomatic row between Canada and India.
India rejected the allegations as "absurd" and "motivated" and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat (Canada Envoy) in retaliation for Canada's expulsion of an Indian official in the matter. New Delhi: In the wake of rising anti-India activities and politically supported hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, India on Wednesday issued an advisory to its citizens and people of the country considering travel to the country to exercise "utmost caution".
In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs in the advisory cited "threats" targeting a section of the Indian community and Indian diplomats opposing the "anti-India agenda" and asked Indian nationals to avoid travelling to Canada. Canada's Immigration Minister Mark Miller on Wednesday assured Indian nationals that it is safe to travel to the country, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported. However, the leader of a banned Sikh separatist movement in India has announced plans to hold rallies in Canadian cities on Monday to demand the closure of New Delhi's diplomatic mission here.
"Look, I think everyone knows Canada is a safe country and given the seriousness of the allegations and developments over the last two or three days, it's important for everyone to remain calm," Miller was quoted as saying by the Canadian Press. "By any standard, Canada is one of the safest countries in the world where the rule of law prevails. He admitted that allegations of possible "involvement" of Indian government agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist have increased tensions with the Indian government.
"Given what Prime Minister Trudeau has clearly conveyed to Prime Minister Modi, the allegations are very serious and these discussions have to continue with India," he said. "Emotions are high at the moment and we have asked everyone to remain calm given the seriousness of the allegations," Miller said, adding that he would not comment on the specifics of the investigation into Nijjar's murder as he did not want any compromise on the investigation. He said Canadians should have confidence in the security services' ability to investigate murder.
Fraser said, "Our country is built from migrant people.
If you are not a native, you have come from somewhere else and I can tell you right now that the people I am talking to here do not want to see division on the basis of Sikh, Hindu or Muslim. They want to move forward together as Canadians and promote peaceful dialogue," he said. The allegations are very serious and we are going to take them seriously. We are always concerned about the safety and well-being of Canadians. Right now, there is no threat with regard to foreign officials. But from a public safety standpoint, we always want the safety and well-being of Canadians, whether their families have lived here for generations or whether they came here last month."
India's Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday rejected Trudeau's remarks, saying "such baseless allegations seek to divert attention from Khalistani terrorists and extremists who have been provided shelter in Canada and who continue to pose a threat to India's sovereignty and territorial integrity".
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