India Canada Row: Canada had first linked Nijjar's killing to India on Monday
India-Canada News Updates: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) seized properties linked to Canada-based Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in Punjab as the diplomatic row between India and Canada continues to snowball. Tensions with the Western nation began after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India's involvement in Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing in Canada. Mr Trudeau has since doubled down on his claims, saying "credible allegations" were shared with India "many weeks ago." India has firmly rejected the accusations, calling them "absurd" and "motivated". The Centre has maintained that Canada has not shared any information regarding Nijjar's killing with India.
Here are the HIGHLIGHTS on the India-Canada diplomatic row:
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India-Canada Relationship Important, We Have To Rebuild...: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that it is a fundamental relationship between two countries and that Canada and India have a lot going for them adding that the time will come when it can be restored.
"I think we have to rebuild that relationship because it's based on far more than one allegation, by a PM of a particular government that is going to be facing elections soon. And I think it's a fundamental relationship between the two countries and the fact remains that Canada and India have a lot going for them," Mr Tharoor said. Read more
Justin Trudeau's Fresh Charge Deepens Diplomatic Row With India: 10 Points
Trudeau had first linked Nijjar's killing to India on Monday, prompting a quick and stern denial by India. Canada has shared no specific information regarding its charges, India said, flagging "politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence" in that country.
The allegation triggered tit-for-tat moves like expelling diplomats that escalated underlying tensions to a major diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Read more
India Canada News Live Updates: Khalistani Terrorist Had Urged Canadian Sikhs To Gather In Vancouver
Pannun also urged all Canadian Sikhs to gather in Vancouver on October 29 for a referendum to vote on whether the Indian High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma was responsible for Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing.
India Canada News Live Updates: Khalistani Terrorist's Punjab Properties Seized. Check Details
Banned terror outfit Sikhs for Justice's (SFJ) chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannu's Amritsar and Chandigarh properties have been confiscated. They include agricultural land on Amritsar outskirts and a house in Chandigarh. In 2020, his properties were attached, which meant he could not sell the property. After confiscation, Pannu lost rights to the property and the property now belongs to the government.
India Canada News Live Updates: Charges Against Khalistani Terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun
- The home ministry had in July 2020 declared Pannun a terrorist, and has requested an Interpol red notice for him.
- Pannun faces 22 criminal cases in Punjab, including three of sedition.
- Centre has said Pannun "promoted secessionist sentiments" through his "unfortunate" activities. India has asked the Canadian government to act against him and his organisation.
BREAKING: Canada-based Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu's Punjab property seized Hardeep Singh Nijjar Ordered Killings, Attacks In India: Dossier Details History
A detailed dossier prepared by Indian authorities, and accessed by NDTV, reveals:
- Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was allegedly involved in crime since the 1980s and had connections with local goons from a young age.
- Nijjar, fled to Canada on a forged passport in 1996 and maintained a low profile as a truck driver. He later travelled to Pakistan for arms and explosives training.
- He also allegedly ordered several killings and attacks in Punjab while taking refuge on Canadian soil.
- In 2014, Nijjar allegedly planned to execute a terror attack on Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in Haryana's Sirsa, but he couldn't reach India.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar: What Ex Pentagon Official Said On India-Canada Row
"Prime Minister Trudeau I think has made a huge mistake. He has made allegations in a manner which he hasn't been able to back"
"I suspect that the US doesn't want to be painted a corner to choose between two friends. But if we have to choose between two friends, increasingly we're going to choose India on this matter"
"Let's not fool ourselves, Nijjar was not simply a plumber, any more than Osama bin Laden was a construction engineer. He had blood on his hands from multiple attacks."
"Justin Trudeau was very short-sighted, and no one should trade their short-term political convenience for the long-term relationship with the world's largest democracy."
India Canada News Live Updates: Who Was Hardeep Singh Nijjar? 5 Points On Khalistani Terrorist
- A native of Bhar Singh Pura in Jalandhar, Hardeep Singh Nijjar moved to Canada in 1997
- He worked as a plumber. He was married and had two sons.
- Declared a terrorist by India in 2020, Nijjar's links to Khalistan militancy emerged after he migrated.
- He was the "mastermind" of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and a member of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) --- both banned separatist outfits.
- Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed on June 18 after being shot outside a Gurudwara in Canada's Surrey.