The Canadian government has accused the Indian government of having a hand in the murder of a Khalistani rebel in Canada, which has sparked a major diplomatic crisis between India and Canada.
Sikhs from Punjab are suspected of being supported by Khalistani terrorists like Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Moninder Singh Bual, and Bhagat Singh Brar to go to Canada in order to engage in anti-Indian activities once they are there. They are accused of using fraudulent visa applications to take advantage of young Sikhs.
Several Canadian gurdwaras are apparently under the control of pro-Khalistani extremists who use their position to further their cause. Concerns have been raised concerning the passivity of Canadian authorities in the face of evidence linking Canadian Khalistani radicals to targeted killings in Punjab dating back to 2016.
Khalistani radicals living in Canada are reportedly supporting their operations through the trafficking of drugs from Pakistan to Punjab. Canadian authorities have come under fire for allegedly ignoring reports of Khalistani recruiting.
Canada’s duties under the Vienna Convention have come into issue in light of the blatant threats from Khalistani radicals against Indian embassies and diplomats in Canada. Doubts about using inconsistent standards to protect human rights and combating terrorism linger.
Canada’s lenient stance on the Khalistani issue has been reviewed at the highest levels of intelligence agency meetings. Many Khalistani radicals in Canada are still considered political activists; therefore, Canadian officials don’t investigate charges of criminal activity against them.
Both countries must confront these complicated concerns and find a path forward in light of the current diplomatic strain.