S Jaishankar hits back in Canada over allegations against India.

'Terrorists are leaders, organized crime...': S Jaishankar attacks Canada

“In the last few years, Canada has actually seen a lot of organized crime,” said S. Jaishankar. (file)

New York:

Amid the ongoing India-Canada dispute, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has highlighted “organized crime, separatist forces, violence and extremism” in Canada, expressing concern that they are “highly legitimate” for political reasons. Expressed.

Speaking at a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Mr. Jaishankar said, “In the last few years, Canada has actually seen a lot of organized crime, related to separatist forces, organized crime, violence and extremism. By choice. Everyone is very, very deeply involved. So really, we’re talking about details and information.”

He further emphasized that the Indian government has provided the Canadian side with substantial information about the crime, and that a large number of extradition requests have been received.

“We have given them a lot of information about organized crime and leadership, which operates out of Canada. There are a large number of extradition requests. There are terrorist leaders, who have been identified,” he added. .

The EAM expressed concern over incidents of threats to Indian diplomats and attacks on Indian consulates, saying they were “too permissible” for political reasons.

“Our concern is that it’s been really too permissive for political reasons. So we have a situation where our diplomats are threatened, our consulates are attacked… a lot of it. is justified, like saying that’s how democracies work. If someone gives me something specific, it doesn’t have to be limited to Canada. But if there’s an event that’s a problem. And someone gives me something special, as a government, I will look at it,” added Mr. Jaishankar.

Regarding PM Trudeau’s allegations, Mr. Jaishankar assured that the Indian side would act if Canada provided specific information regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Najjar.

“We told the Canadians that this is not the policy of the Government of India. Second, we said if you have something specific and if you have something relevant, let us know. We are ready to look at it. .. the picture is not complete. Kind of out of context,” he said.

Notably, Canada has yet to provide any public evidence to support its claim of killing Hardeep Singh Nanjar.

Earlier last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an explosive statement accusing the Indian government of complicity in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Najjar – a claim India categorically denied. It has been described as ‘funny’ and ‘moving’.

India has suspended its visa services in Canada following allegations of Indian involvement in the assassination of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

Amid strained relations, India has issued an advisory for its citizens and travelers to Canada to exercise extreme caution in the face of growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in the country. take

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