Indian World Forum Condemns Unlawful Activities Targeting Indian Diaspora In Canada
The Indian World Forum (IWF) on Wednesday strongly condemned the actions of unlawful organisations, including Sikhs for Justice, for their disturbing activities targeting the Indian diaspora in Canada. In a press release, the IWF highlighted the significant economic and social contributions of the Indian diaspora to Canadian society, emphasising that individuals from various religious backgrounds, including Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, have played a vital role in the progress of Canada.
The press release drew attention to the repeated targeting of the Indian diaspora and their places of worship in Canada. It also pointed out the alarming trend of unlawful organisations attempting to target Indian diplomatic missions and personnel not only in Canada but also in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America (USA). These activities have raised concerns for the safety and well-being of the Indian diaspora.
Call for Canadian government action
The Indian World Forum has urged the Government of Canada to take serious action against nefarious elements, specifically mentioning individuals such as Arshdeep Singh Dhalla and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, both of whom have been designated as terrorists by India. The IWF stated the importance of preventing any actions that could endanger the Indian diaspora and their investments in Canada, as such actions would violate the sanctity of the UN Charter and its conventions.
The IWF also highlighted the warm welcome extended to Canadian brethren in India and highlighted the cultural commitment to the well-being of the Canadian diaspora in India.
Diplomatic standoff between India and Canada
Tensions between Canada and India have reached new heights with dueling diplomatic expulsions and an allegation made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against the Indian government over involvement in the killing of a pro-Khalistan separatist on Canadian soil. India has repeatedly accused Canada of supporting the Khalistan movement, which is banned in India and has dwindling support among the Sikh diaspora.
On Monday, Trudeau in Parliament described what he called credible allegations that India was connected to the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. The Indian government denied any hand in Nijjar’s killing while also saying Canada was trying to shift the focus from Khalistan activists there.