'Biggest Problem for India': S Jaishankar slams Canada over Nijjar Murder Case

Jaishankar accused the Justin Trudeau-led Canadian government of issuing visas to individuals linked to organized crime for political purposes, thereby legitimizing extremist ideologies under the guise of freedom of expression.

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In a stern rebuke to the Canadian government, India's External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, criticized Canada for its alleged role in harboring individuals associated with organized crime and extremism. Jaishankar's remarks come in the wake of the recent arrest of three Indian citizens in connection with the murder of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Canada's Visa Policy Criticized

Jaishankar accused the Justin Trudeau-led Canadian government of issuing visas to individuals linked to organized crime for political purposes, thereby legitimizing extremist ideologies under the guise of freedom of expression. He expressed concern over Canada's alleged support for "advocates of extremism, separatism, and violence," warning of the repercussions of such actions.

Response to Nijjar Murder Case

Addressing the arrest of the three Indian citizens involved in the Nijjar murder case, Jaishankar condemned Canada's perceived indifference to its role in promoting criminal activities. He lamented the Canadian government's apparent belief that its actions would go unchallenged, emphasizing the need for accountability in fostering a conducive environment for criminal elements.

Jaishankar's Allegations Against Canada

Jaishankar accused Canada of allowing individuals associated with extremism and separatism to organize politically, exerting influence on the country's political landscape. He criticized Canada for providing a platform for such elements to thrive, posing a significant challenge to India's national security interests.

Canada: India's 'Biggest Problem'

Describing Canada as India's "biggest problem," Jaishankar highlighted the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the detrimental impact of Canada's lenient visa policies on bilateral relations. He underscored the urgency of addressing the issue, stressing the need for Canada to reconsider its stance on welcoming individuals with criminal backgrounds.

Criticism of Visa Issuance to Criminals

Jaishankar voiced strong opposition to Canada's practice of granting visas to individuals involved in organized crime, particularly those hailing from Punjab. He expressed dismay over the leniency shown towards wanted criminals by the Canadian authorities, urging Canada to uphold the principles of justice and international cooperation.

Jaishankar's remarks underscore India's firm stance against countries facilitating criminal activities and extremism on their soil. As India continues to prioritize national security, its diplomatic efforts aim to hold accountable those nations that undermine global efforts to combat terrorism and organized crime.