India expels Canadian diplomat
News Desk || risingbd.com
India has expelled a Canadian diplomat in tit-for-tat move, accusing Canada of interfering in its internal affairs.
On Tuesday, India’s foreign ministry announced expulsion of a Canadian diplomat hours after Canada asked an Indian official to leave that country, citing a ‘potential’ Indian link to the killing of a Khalistani separatist leader in June.
The Canadian High Commissioner to India was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and informed about the decision to expel the senior Canadian diplomat.
India rejected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation that it played a role in the June killing of a Khalistani terrorist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar describing it as ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.
India has fought against a movement to establish an independent Sikh homeland known as Khalistan since the 1980s, when a raid on separatists in a major temple led to the assassination of a prime minister and a wave of anti-Sikh violence.