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India is now cooperating on probe into Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing: ex-Canadian NSA

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A banner with the picture of Sikh chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar is seen on the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. File
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India is now cooperating with Canada within the ongoing probe into the homicide of a Sikh separatist chief in British Columbia and bilateral ties are bettering following months of tensions over the matter, former Canadian Nationwide Safety Advisor Jody Thomas has stated, describing the altering relationship as an “evolution.” Ms. Thomas made these remarks throughout an interview with CTV on January 26.

She stated India is now cooperating within the ongoing probe into the killing of Khalistani separatist and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June final 12 months within the Canadian metropolis of Surrey. That is the primary time a Canadian official has acknowledged that India has moved issues ahead following allegations of non-cooperation in opposition to India by Canada amid tensions over Nijjar’s killing.

The relations between the 2 international locations noticed some bitterness final 12 months following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation about India’s suspected involvement within the killing. India denied the allegation as “absurd and motivated.” There was no official response from the Indian Authorities to the remarks made by Thomas, who retired on January 26.

India has maintained that Canada has by no means shared any proof or data to again its declare that Indian brokers had been concerned within the killing of Nijjar. “I might not describe them as non-cooperating,” Ms. Thomas stated.

In the course of the interview, she described the altering relationship between Ottawa and New Delhi as an “evolution” and stated Canada has “made developments in that relationship.” “My discussions with my counterpart in India have been fruitful, and I feel they’ve moved issues ahead,” she stated.

When requested whether or not Canada’s improved relationship with India was a results of the US indictment in opposition to Nikhil Gupta, an Indian nationwide, in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil, Ms. Thomas stated: “The 2 are related for certain.” “The data that they revealed supported our place and our assertions with India. India is working with us, and my counterpart, specifically, much more carefully to resolve this,” she stated.

Canada’s potential to operate within the Indo-Pacific depends on having a wholesome relationship with India. “And I feel we’re working again in the direction of it,”she stated.

‘Working towards a more healthy relationship’

Ms. Thomas, who was appointed to the function of Nationwide Safety and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister in January 2022, in one other interview with CBC Information stated Canada is “working again towards a more healthy relationship” with India after months of tense relations. In October, 41 Canadian diplomats left India after it threatened to revoke their diplomatic immunity. These diplomats haven’t returned.

Ms. Thomas, who flew to India on many events to debate the allegations, stated the response by Indian officers was “actually unlucky” and a “little bit of a shock.” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is investigating Nijjar’s case. She stated the RCMP is being cautious to make sure “that each ‘T’ is crossed and ‘I’ dotted to have a profitable prosecution.”


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