A Khalinstani terror outfit has threatened Indian-origin Hindus in Canada to leave the country for supporting India in the Najjar killing controversy. In a video, the Sikhs for Justice leader Gurpatwant Pannun has issued the ultimatum to Hindus. Pannun, a designated terrorist, is heard saying: “Indo-Hindu leave Canada: go to India. You not only support India but you are also supporting the suppression of speech and expression of pro-Khalistan Sikhs.”
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation of a “potential link” between agents of the Government of India and the killing of a pro-Khalistan leader and Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, has put New Delhi in a diplomatic challenge. However, New Delhi has decided to not to take it lying down. In a tit-for-tat move, India has also sent a diplomat packing after one of its mission employees was shown the door by Canada.
The Khalistan issue has always plagued bilateral ties, from the 1980s to the last eight years of Trudeau’s term. But this time, Ottawa has ratcheted up the ante and New Delhi is watching the situation keeping in mind the complexity of the bilateral ties and the reputational cost on the global stage.