April 13, 2024 21:29 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
'What else is Congress doing other than looting?': Kangana Ranaut in Himachal Pradesh | Iran could attack Israel sooner than later, warns US President Joe Biden | Amid unemployment, inflation issues, PM Modi's leadership likely to help his third consecutive term at govt: Survey | AAP to support INDIA bloc 'unconditionally' in UP for Lok Sabha election | Amid threats from Iran, Israel launches massive strike on Gaza
Khalistani leader death row: Canada withdraws 41 diplomats from India India-Canada
Photo Courtesy: Canadian foreign minister Melanie Joly X (formerly Twitter) page

Khalistani leader death row: Canada withdraws 41 diplomats from India

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Oct 2023, 08:18 am

Canada has withdrawn 41 diplomats from India as the relationship between Ottawa and New Delhi remains tense over the death of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Country's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly was quoted as saying by The Canadian Press that New Delhi had threatened to remove immunities starting on Friday, referring to the special rights and protections provided to diplomats while they are posted to other countries.

Canada has directed 41 of its diplomats, along with their 42 dependants, to leave India, media reports said.

Currently, only 21 Canadian diplomats remain in India.

“A unilateral revocation of diplomatic privilege and immunities is contrary to international law,” Joly told reporters at a news conference in Ottawa as quoted by The Canadian Press.

Also Read: Canada’s diplomatic misstep: Cost of losing the India advantage

“It is a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, and threatening to do so is unreasonable and escalatory," she said.

The Canadian minister said its high commission in New Delhi remained operational but paused in-person services at consulates in  Chandigarh, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Why India-Canada relationship remain tense?

Diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Ottawa soured after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged that New Delhi could be behind Nijjar's killing.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on September 18 alleged the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey British Columbia on June 18. India dismissed the allegation, calling it “absurd” and “motivated.”

In 2020, India designated Nijjar as a terrorist.

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.