Trudeau Names Alleged People Involved in Assassination

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( – On Monday, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, stated that “credible allegations” tied the recent assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh leader, to India.

Nijjar was a strong supporter of the creation of Khalistan, a Sikh state that would be separate from the rest of India and would be located in Punjab.

While delivering a speech in the Canadian House of Commons, Trudeau pointed out that the involvement of a foreign government in the assassination of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil constitutes a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

In June, two masked gunmen shot the Sikh leader outside a Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.

Trudeau added that he urged India’s government to cooperate with Canadian authorities to “get to the bottom” of this case. As he pointed out, the incident was going against the fundamental rules followed by democratic societies.

These are concerns that the Canadian prime minister also shared with Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, during the G20 Summit in New Delhi. As he pointed out, at the time, it was a priority for the country to determine who was responsible for the murder and to hold them accountable.

Trudeau further stated during his recent speech that Canada has shared their concerns with the Indian government and its top security officials and that participation of any foreign government in a ploy to have a Canadian citizen killed violated Canada’s sovereignty.

The Indian government had previously designated Nijjar as a “terrorist” and had claimed that he was the leader of a militant separatist group. The Khalistan movement has also been outlawed in the country, and the groups connected with the movement are classified as “terrorist organizations.”

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