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India Needs To Take It Seriously: Trudeau On US Charges

India Needs To Take It Seriously: Trudeau On US Charges

OTTAWA, (IANS) – Hours after the US charged an Indian national with conspiracy to assassinate a New York-based Sikh separatist, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that New Delhi needs to take the charge “seriously” and cooperate in the investigations.

Trudeau, who had been saying since September that Indian agents were involved in the killing of its citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar, told CBC News that they have been working closely with their American counterparts on the “serious” allegations.

“The news coming out of the US further underscores what we’ve been talking about from the very beginning, which is… India needs to take this seriously,” Trudeau told reporters on November 29.

“The Indian government needs to work with us to ensure that we’re getting to the bottom of this. This is not something that anyone can take lightly,” he added.

The Prime Minister further said that his responsibility is to keep “Canadians safe, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

US prosecutors on November 29 filed murder-for-hire charges against Indian national Nikhil Gupta for involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate a US citizen allegedly on behalf of an Indian government official.

Neither the “government employee”, nor Khalistan leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, were named in the document. Pannun was only identified as a “US citizen.”

The indictment alleged that the Indian official recruited Gupta in or around May 2023 to assassinate Pannun — a designated terrorist in India.

Gupta, in turn, got in touch with a man he believed to be a “criminal associate” but was a confidential source of the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

India said it has constituted a high-level inquiry committee to investigate the security concerns raised by the US government.

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  • Whether or not the Indian government is involved in a conspiracy to kill Pannun, the U.S. government is in no position to pontificate to India when it has a long history of its own killing foreign nationals in foreign lands. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    November 30, 2023
    • LOL!

      Tells you how stupid the Canadian and US Govt are. The only thing I can think of is that these idiots think it will bring Modi under pressure in the upcoming election year.

      On the contrary, Indian are cheering and happy that the Indian Govt. is going after the absconding criminals and terrorists.

      What if India walks the Canadian Ambassador out of India with a list of terrorists that attacked the Indian Embassy with the video and says “come back when they are deported”? The proof is in the videos by the Canadian media companies that recorded the invasion oof Indian territory, which is the Indian embassy.

      USA and Canada should be more worried about India simply slowing its engagement with USA. They may also be playing this game because India just inked a deal with Russia on manufacture of military equipment in India.

      The west is not happy with a fast rising India and its assertive neutral stand in world affairs. The west thinks India needs the west for its growth but forgets that India only needs its per capita GDP to equal that of Russia. At $2200 it has a $4T GDP. At $12000, equal to Russia…..now multiple the GDP by an equal factor….say 5X. It puts the Indian GDP at $20T.

      USA and Canada should think harder.

      Besides both countries have used the Khalistan as a leverage. India has diluted that in many different ways and one is weakening Pakistan.

      November 30, 2023
    • It is difficult to argue against this logic. Some are good at preaching others than at practicing themselves!

      December 2, 2023
  • For India Pannun is a terrorist. And so is Nijjar.
    Many Canadian residents and US residents invaded Indian territory (embassy), which neither can deny.

    Much the same as the Iranian General killed by USA in Iraq or Osama killed in Pakistan there are numerous examples of citizens of other countries killed by USA and Canada. Now both Pakistan and Iran have reason to file police cases and require extradition when the involved travel to particular countries with extradition treaties. The wanted in these two case would be the Navy seals and their superiors, Hillary Clinton, Trump and Obama and many more.

    Canada and USA should feel happy that India has not declared them as criminals and put out an Interpol notice of their arrest. It would restrict their travel and at the same time put both countries on the backfoot for protecting documented criminals.

    USA and Canada should start to rethink their shrinking international influence. Hanging two Indian Citizens will not make a difference in the population of India, which will add another 0.01B this year and another say 300K Indian Hindu supporters of Modi to the US and Canadian voter list by the end of next year.

    Time to wisen up and stop providing refuge to criminals. the three countries that do that openly are: USA, Canada and UK. Because India could do the same and invite the IRA operatives in UK to come settle in India.

    November 30, 2023
  • All chest beating, super nationalist Indians abroad and at home should take a deep breath and assess these two cases of murder and attempted murder, rationally and soberly. This was a blunder of very high magnitude and diplomatic failures. It puts India and its government in a very embarrassing position of getting caught lying to the international community. Additionally, India’s intelligence officers are not very smart. They need a new curriculum and fresh training. You could easily tell from their recruitment efforts to hire people for murder and leaving behind a long trail of their misdeeds. It is time for the Indian government to accept its responsibility and wash up their dirty hands.

    November 30, 2023

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