Strains relationship with India, stains Canadian image
Canada must know the cost it will pay for fostering notorious Kalistanis, who are part of the drug mafia and Sino-Pak puppets.
While flowing crocodile tears for the murder of one of the most wanted Khalistani terrorists, Trudeau and the Canadian lawmakers should have sought justice for 268 Canadians onboard the ill-fated Kanishka. They were the victims of Khalistani terrorism that Canada now seems to foster for political gain. Let Canada make no miscalculation about modern India. In a sense, Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) is a foreign terrorist group both for Canada and India!
Canada senselessly risked its relationship with India after it accused India of its hand in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, its citizen and a notorious Khalistani terrorist. He was one of the most wanted terrorists with India’s reward of Rs 10 lakh for a credible lead to nab him. The chief of the banned KTF had behind him a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol. At least the “Canadian citizen” to whom Canada seemed to be proud, was not innocent.
India has a history of Khalistan terrorism and separatism with experience of significant bloodshed in the name of Khalistan, an impossible dream. It killed many innocents and misguided people. On June 23, 1985, an Air India plane, Kanishka exploded off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 innocents onboard. That was an act of Khalistan separatists. There was no credible investigation to bring the murderers to justice. The issue died down.
No country tolerates terrorists and separatists. But Canada gave the pricey terrorists a safe sanctuary. The terrorists have Canadian citizenship. The ethnic Punjabi Sikhs, as migrants, constitute a strong voting bloc in Canada. Their 2.1 per cent vote share could potentially influence government decisions in Canada. That doesn’t mean all Sikhs are Khalistan supporters. Almost all Sikhs, barring a handful of misguided minds, are proud of their Indian ethnicity.
Perpetrators of the Kanishka bombing went scott-free. Now none remembers this horrendous act of terrorism. Incidentally, the majority of the victims were Canadian citizens of Indian origin, and their families continue to grieve their loss. One has to read the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau’s decision to bring justice to the murdered citizen while conveniently forgetting the injustice to 268 Canadians on board the tragic flight. The flight also had 27 British citizens, more than the number of Indians onboard. While none supported Canada in its anti-India action directly, including its US and British allies, none tried to remind Trudeau of the Canadian double standard in its crocodile tears for its terrorist “citizen”. Someone must have told Trudeau that the Khalistani terrorism had killed 268 innocent Canadians, the highest number of murders any country other than India witnessed.
Given the recent focus on justice by the Canadian Prime Minister, it is important to address past acts of terrorism, including the Air India bombing. If his pursuit of justice is genuine, then investigating and holding accountable those responsible should have been a priority. It is crucial to ensure that all acts of terrorism are thoroughly investigated, regardless of the perpetrators’ affiliations.
It is unfortunate if political considerations or alliances are influencing the handling of such matters. True justice should be pursued without bias or favouritism. Prioritising political gain over justice and the safety of citizens by collaborating with separatist groups and supporting their organisations should not be tolerated.
When Justin Trudeau was seeking support on a murder case, regardless of whether he had evidence or not, sincerity seemed to have lost its importance. Today economic ties and relationships have taken precedence over everything else. In this case, America may prioritise human rights initially but ultimately prioritise its alliance with India, as India has become an important partner, especially in countering China. Despite presenting evidence, America cannot afford to make India an enemy and needs it as an ally. Therefore, America may take a stand that looks towards the future, potentially causing Justin to lose his prime minister-ship due to his stance.
Canada is a country of migrants, and Indians have a strong presence there. However, Trudeau lost face during his visit to India for the G-20 meeting. Despite being a developed nation, he did not receive the importance he expected due to his stance against India. He had to stay in India for an unscheduled 36 hours more to fix the troubles of his aircraft much to his embarrassment. It is understandable that he may have acted out of anger and to save face. But the Prime Minister of a country must not be so immature.
The Khalistani group has gained influence in Canada, holding sway over approximately 33 out of 338 electoral districts. When Trudeau failed to secure a majority in the elections, he relied on the support of 25 MPs from Jagmeet’s New Democratic Party, which openly supports Khalistan. Trudeau had his reasons for supporting the Khalistanis without knowing its repercussions.
India has reasons to be concerned as Canada supports the growth of terrorist outfits, albeit in a different context. Canada also should be concerned about its economic interest since India is one of its big markets. Canadian businesses may miss the economic opportunities at the cost of the pro-Khalistan Trudeau’s stand. A powerful India is equally the urgency of the Western power as it is for its 1.45 billion people.