Indian Intelligence has uncovered an old link between Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Pakistan’s ISI. Earlier this week, a new wave of tension arose between India and Canada. This was triggered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s startling claims about the possible involvement of Indian operatives in the assassination of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The incident took place in British Columbia on June 18. It’s worth noting that Nijjar was labelled as a terrorist by India in 2020.
India vehemently dismissed these accusations as “baseless” and “politically driven”. In response to Ottawa’s expulsion of an Indian official over this issue, India retaliated by expelling a high-ranking Canadian diplomat.
Adding a new twist to the story, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, has urged India to collaborate with Canada and ensure “responsibility” for Nijjar’s death is established.
Trudeau has echoed this sentiment, urging India to assist in the investigation. In contrast, India has responded strongly against Canada by downsizing its diplomatic staff and suspending visa services.