Indian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Nijjar controversy


india on thursday (September 21) accused the Canadian government of providing safe haven to terrorists. This has

come to light amid the souring of diplomatic relations between india and canada over the murder of Khalistan

supporter Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi informed the media and said that the bigger

issue is terrorism, terror-financing and providing safe haven to terrorists abroad. He said, “Terrorism is being

financed and supported by our western neighbor Pakistan, but safe havens and areas of operation are being provided

in foreign countries, including Canada.” He added, “We want the Canadian government to stop providing safe

havens to terrorists and to take action against those facing terrorism charges or send them here to data-face charges.”

‘Canada needs to worry’

india also said that if any country needs to worry about its international reputation, it is Canada. If you talk about

reputational damage, it is canada that needs to address its growing reputation as a safe haven for terrorists,

extremists and organized crime, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. He also said that india has sought the

extradition of at least 20-25 persons in the last few years, but Canada's response has not been helpful at all. Bagchi

said india did not receive any specific information from canada on terrorist activities and the killing of Khalistan

Tiger Force (KTF) chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside the

gurudwara on june 18 this year. Bagchi said, No specific information has been shared by canada then or now on

this matter. We are interested to see any specific information on this, but so far we have not received any

information from Canada. The spokesperson said india had shared very specific information on criminal activities

on Canadian soil, but the country did not act on it.

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