A day after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India was not ruling out a probe into Canada’s allegations about the involvement of Indian government agents in the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Canada has said that it is focusing on supporting India in this. Speaking to media on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in San Francisco, Canada’s Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development Mary Ng said that our focus, of course, is on this investigation, on doing that work. Take up space.
Ng said that for now, Canada’s focus is on allowing the investigation to move forward. You may have heard me and the government talking about how important it is that there be an investigation, because we murdered a Canadian on Canadian soil. Therefore, we are asking whether trade talks can resume. He said that of course, our focus is on this investigation, this work has to be done. The Canadian Minister also spoke on businesses and investment in India and said, although Canadians continue to do business in India, my job as Trade Minister is to ensure that Canadian businesses and investors in India have the support and tools available to them.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, who was on a five-day official visit to Britain, asked Canada to share evidence on its allegations regarding the killing of terrorist Nijjar. Relations between India and Canada came under severe strain following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September of the possible involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India had declared Nijjar a terrorist in 2020.