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Jaishankar slams Canada over arrest of three Indians in Nijjar case: charges ‘Vote-Bank Politics’ | India News

New Delhi: Minister of External Affairs (EAM) S Jaishankar on Saturday reacted to the arrest of three Indian nationals in Canada in connection with the alleged killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year. Jaishankar attributed the developments in poll-oriented Canada mainly to “internal politics.” Jaishankar said it has nothing to do with India, adding that the section of pro-Khalistan population is using Canadian democracy, creating a lobby and has become a vote bank.

Jaishankar was in Odisha when, in response to a question from a senior journalist on why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticizing India, he stated: “India’s image globally is now actually much higher than ever before… Canada is a exception. You can see the various heads praising Bharat and his Prime Minister,” PTI reported.

He also noted that there is a need for a strong and proactive Prime Minister like Narendra Modi in the country to drive reforms in various sectors, including external affairs, to make way for a ‘Viksit Bharat’.

India’s diplomatic ties with Canada are facing tensions following Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s allegations in September last year suggesting India’s political involvement in the killing of Nijjar on Canadian soil. India has refuted such claims, calling them ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.

The EAM said Canada has not provided any evidence or shared evidence and that police forces are not cooperating with us. “It is their political compulsion in Canada to blame India. With elections coming up in Canada, they are indulging in vote bank politics,” Jaishankar added.

Nijjar, 45, was fatally shot in June outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb known for its significant Sikh community. Several months later, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of involvement, leading to a diplomatic rift with New Delhi. The three people, all Indian nationals, were arrested by police in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday. They are suspected of being part of the murder squad involved in the murder.