Written & Edited By : Aditi Mishra

30 September 2023 ( New Delhi ) : External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar emphasized that the Modi government has given the concerns of the Sikh community a lot of attention and that the extremist elements are only a “small minority” and do not speak for the entire community.
When questioned about the “Khalistan” issue and the concerns of the Sikh community, Mr. Jaishankar said that the complaints did not represent the opinions of the entire community.

S Jaishankar stated, “Everyone is aware of the amount of attention that the Modi government has paid to the issues of the Sikh community in the last 10 years and the suggestions it has made,” while speaking at a news conference in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“I don’t think the discussions going on right now represent the concerns of the entire community (of Sikhs). The separate governments should act impartially because those who advocate for secession and use violence in their arguments are a small minority. We shouldn’t view this as affecting the entire neighborhood.

The Minister of External Affairs added that Canada’s persistent issue has been for a while due to the government’s “permissiveness” toward terrorism, extremism, and violence in the nation.

He claimed that Canada’s “permissiveness” toward terrorism, radicalism, and violence is the root of the country’s ongoing problems.

“The truth is that for a number of years now, we have had a persistent issue with Canada and the Canadian government. And the ongoing issue primarily centers on the tolerance of terrorism, extremism, and violence, according to Mr. Jaishankar.

He continued, “This permissiveness is also apparent in the absence of responses from their end to several significant extradition requests. In fact, it is not a secret that there are people and organizations in India who have openly admitted to being involved in violent and criminal activity.

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, said last week that Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Khalistani terrorist, was murdered by the Indian government.

India, meanwhile, has categorically denied the allegations, labeling them as “absurd” and “motivated.”
Notably, Canada has not yet made any public proof of the alleged murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar available.
In response to suspicions of Indian complicity in the death made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, India has banned its visa services in Canada. India issued a warning to its nationals and those visiting Canada amid difficult relations, urging them to proceed with “utmost caution in view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence” in the nation.

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