Khalistan militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead by unknown assailants in Canada last June. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement during his speech in the parliament of his country that this murder was done by the agents of the Indian government. With this statement of the Prime Minister of Canada, India, which was a Kendamandal, started a diplomatic war. Initially, the Canadian and Indian governments expelled some consular staff, but India took a firm stand and denied visas to those traveling to Canada and those coming from Canada to India. Later, it gave a deadline to reduce the staff of the consulate in India. In this background, the Canadian government has decided to transfer its consular staff to other countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made baseless allegations that the Khalistan terrorist was killed by agents of the Indian government. Justin Trudeau has not provided any evidence to support his allegations. Thus, India has termed the Canadian government’s move as malicious and has moved to limit diplomatic ties with Canada.
At present, the number of Canadian Consulate staff in India and the number of Indian Consulate staff in Canada should be equal. Thus, the Canadian government has decided to reduce the staff in its consulate in India by October 10.
It was earlier reported that 41 staff from the Canadian Consulate in India had to leave the country. However, according to the current information, it is said that it has been decided to ensure that the consular office staff of both the countries are equal.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Ministry of Global Affairs has also expressed concern that Canadian consular staff in India are receiving threats through various media including social media. For the same reason, as a precautionary measure, the consular office has said that it is reducing the number of staff. However, Indian consular staff in Canada are also under threat from Khalistani militants.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government is reducing the number of its consular staff in the background of India’s decision. There are also allegations that Canadian consular staff in India are interfering in India’s internal affairs. Commenting on these developments, Indian Department of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagji said that the number of Canadian consular staff in India is more than the Indian consular staff in Canada. Thus, India has decided to achieve parity in the number of consular staff of both countries.