Looking Forward To Results Of India’s Probe On Pannun: US
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – The US has said that it is looking forward to seeing the results of India’s investigation into the plot to kill a Sikh separatist leader and will not make any assessments before the probe is finished.
“We have noted at the most senior levels of this government — the Secretary of State has raised this directly with his foreign counterpart that we take this issue very seriously. They told us they would investigate,” US State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, said in his news briefing on December 5.
“They have publicly announced an investigation. And now we’ll wait to see the results of the investigation, but it’s something we take very seriously,” Miller said in response to a question on developments in the case at the diplomatic level.
He further said that it would be “inappropriate” for him to comment on a “law enforcement matter” as the Department of Justice is presenting the case in court.
“We are looking forward to seeing the results of that (India’s) investigation, and I’m not going to make any assessments before the investigation itself is completed,” Miller told reporters.
The comments come a week after the White House said that it takes the allegations that an Indian was involved in a foiled bid to kill Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on its soil “very seriously”.
When asked by a reporter whether the plot to kill Pannun is an attack on the US sovereignty, Miller said: “I’m not going to speak beyond what — the information that’s contained in an indictment for I think what are — for what I think are fairly obvious reasons”.
On being asked about India’s ‘non-cooperation’ with the Canadian government on Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s case, Miller said in his briefing they have urged New Delhi to cooperate with Ottawa.