Canada fails to provide evidence on Nijjar killing, despite claims of having proof
Ottawa [Canada], September 22 (ANI): Despite Canadian PM Justin Trudeau failing to provide any evidence to back his allegations on India's involvement in the death of Khalistani operative Hardeep Nijjar, Canada based news platform CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) claims that Canada has amassed human and signal intelligence in the probe.
It has further claimed that some Indian officials have “not denied” the existence of the intelligence in private.
This comes after Canada PM Justin Trudeau alleged India's role behind the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. New Delhi has out-rightly denied such allegations calling them ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.
"There are credible reasons to believe that agents of the Government of India were involved in the killing of a Canadian on Canadian soil. That is ...there is something of utmost foundational importance in a country's rule of law in a world where international rules-based order matters" said Trudeau.
According to CBC News, the Canadian government has amassed both human and signal intelligence in a months-long investigation of Nijjar’s death. That intelligence includes communications involving Indian diplomats present in Canada.
As per CBC News, the intelligence did not come solely from Canada, and some were also provided by an unnamed ally in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada).
Canada's National Security and Intelligence Adviser Jody Thomas was in India for over four days in mid-August, then again for five days this month. That last visit overlapped with the meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CBC News reported.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday however said that no information has been shared by Canada regarding the killing of Nijjar.
"From our side, specific evidence about criminal activities by individuals based on Canadian soil has been shared with Canada but not acted upon…Yes, I do think there is a degree of prejudice here. They have made allegations and taken action on them. To us, it seems that these allegations by the government of Canada are primarily politically driven," Bagchi added.
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