Canada's Troubling Dance with Khalistani Extremism: Poster Saga Raises Concerns
Canada's Troubling Dance with Khalistani Extremism: Poster Saga Raises Concerns

New Delhi: As relations between India and Canada continue to deteriorate, the Canadian government appears to be concealing signs of terrorist activities by Khalistani groups operating within the country. A controversial poster calling for the assassination of three Indian diplomats, which was placed outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in Surrey, has now been removed. This poster had been erected following the mysterious killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside the Gurudwara.

On September 23rd, a video clip from Global News Canada went viral on social media, showing the removal of the poster that called for the assassination of Indian diplomats outside the Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada. Similar posters had been put up in various locations in Canada following the deaths of several Khalistani terrorists, including Hardeep Singh Nijjar. It is noteworthy that Canada has accused India of involvement in Nijjar's murder.

Even before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statements, Khalistani groups had already blamed India for Nijjar's killing, and these posters accused three Indian diplomats of the murder, calling for their assassination. The poster outside the Gurudwara featured photos and names of the heads of three Indian missions in Canada: Sanjay Kumar Verma (Indian High Commissioner in Ottawa), Apoorva Srivastava (former Consul General of India in Toronto, recently appointed as Ambassador to the Slovak Republic), and Manish (Consul General of India in Vancouver).

The poster included the words 'Assassination wanted' along with the names and photos of the diplomats, and it glorified Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Talwinder Singh Parmar, the founder of Babbar Khalsa and the mastermind behind the 1985 Air India Flight 182 bombing, which resulted in the deaths of 329 people. Parmar died in 1992 in India in a police encounter.

Reports indicate that the Surrey Gurdwara was instructed by authorities to remove the posters once they realized the seriousness of the issue and the negative message it conveyed. The Gurdwara has also been cautioned against using loudspeakers for radical announcements. However, the removal of the poster does not imply that Canada is taking decisive action against Khalistanis; it may be perceived as a cosmetic measure, as Khalistani activists continue to operate freely and issue death threats to Indians from Canadian soil.

On September 12th, Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun was reportedly spotted in Ottawa, Canada, while Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was in Delhi for the G20 Summit. Pannun was in Canada to participate in the so-called referendum voting for Khalistan.

Allegations of India's involvement in Nijjar's murder:-

On September 19th, Trudeau accused India of being involved in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. However, these allegations were based on information gathered by Canadian intelligence with some input from US intelligence. Canada has thus far failed to provide specific evidence linking India to the murder of Khalistani terrorists.

Trudeau's statements aligned with the claims made by Khalistani terrorist Pannun following the deaths of Nijjar and other Khalistani terrorists in recent months. These allegations led to calls for the murder of Indian diplomats by Khalistani activists. Intriguingly, despite India's strong objections and concerns regarding these threats, Canada has not taken decisive action against Khalistani terrorists.

Recently, India categorically referred to Canada as a safe haven for terrorists and criminals, drawing parallels with Pakistan. India has provided lists of wanted terrorists and criminals to Canada, the US, and other countries. However, Western nations have not acted on India's requests. Interpol issued a red corner notice against Nijjar, but Canada did not take action on it. There are also reports suggesting that Nijjar had been in contact with Canadian intelligence prior to the murder.

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