Unacceptable: Canada On Khalistani Posters Threatening Indian Diplomats
OTTAWA (ANI) – Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on July 4 said that her country is in close contact with Indian officials considering some “unacceptable” posters that have appeared in Canada, regarding a protest planned for July 8, which bears the names and photos of some top Indian diplomats.
The Canadian minister said that her country takes its obligations under the Vienna Conventions regarding the safety of diplomats very seriously. She also said that the actions of a few do not speak for the entire community.
India has raised concerns over threats to its diplomats in Canada in posters being circulated there with information about a pro-Khalistan rally on July 8. The posters contained threats to the Indian ambassador to Canada and the consulate general in Toronto.
Posters purportedly circulated by Sikh extremists have named Indian High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, Apoorva Srivastava accusing them of playing a role in the June killing of Khalistan Tiger Force chief and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
This comes on the heels of the June killing of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was wanted in India, and with National Investigation Agency (NIA) announcing a bounty for his arrest. Nijjar was gunned down outside a gurdwara in the parking area in Canada’s Surrey, according to a report in Vancouver Sun.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a program in Delhi said, “We have requested our partner countries, like Canada, UK, Australia, US that they should not give space to these Khalistanis. These radical extremist ideologies aren’t good for us, them, or our ties. Will raise the issue of these posters.”
Earlier this month, a tableau parade was organized in Ontario celebrating the assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi, which drew severe criticism from New Delhi.