Trudeau’s Controversial Allegations
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently made startling allegations against India, implicating the government in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar within Canadian borders. These claims, dismissed as “absurd” by the Indian authorities, have sent shockwaves through the international diplomatic community.
Trudeau’s accusations have raised questions about whether he is following in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was at the helm when Canada refused to extradite Talwinder Singh Parmar, a figure central to the infamous 1985 Air India bombing that resulted in the deaths of 331 passengers.
The Sheltering of Talwinder Singh Parmar
Talwinder Singh Parmar, the mastermind behind the 1985 Air India bombing, found refuge in Canada during Pierre Trudeau’s tenure. Parmar was the founder and leader of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), a Sikh militant group deeply involved in the Khalistan movement.
During this dark chapter in Canada’s history, Pierre Trudeau’s government refused India’s 1982 request for Parmar’s extradition, citing a peculiar rationale. Canadian diplomats argued that India’s failure to recognize the Queen as its Head of State, despite being a member of the Commonwealth, exempted Parmar from extradition protocols between Commonwealth countries. This legal maneuver effectively shielded Parmar from facing murder charges in India.
Terry Milewski, a well-known Canadian journalist, chronicled this astonishing episode in one of his books. He wrote, “It was Pierre Trudeau’s government which refused the 1982 Indian request to extradite Talwinder Parmar to India for murder, on the quaint grounds that India was insufficiently deferential to the Queen. That is not a joke. Canadian diplomats had to tell their Indian counterparts that the extradition protocols between Commonwealth countries would not apply because India only recognized Her Majesty as Head of the Commonwealth, and not as Head of State. Case closed!”
Parmar’s Criminal Activities
Talwinder Singh Parmar faced accusations of killing two Punjab Police officers in 1981 and was subsequently arrested in Germany in 1983. However, he was released in 1984 and promptly returned to Canada. Eventually, Parmar managed to sneak into India from Pakistan but met his demise at the hands of the Punjab Police, who shot him dead.
While Parmar’s criminal activities and involvement in the Khalistan movement were clear, some elements within Canada continued to eulogize him, even as the authorities looked the other way. He was later identified as the mastermind behind the 1985 Air India bombing, an incident that remains Canada’s worst case of mass murder and the nation’s most devastating terrorist attack in its history.
(With agency inputs)
Table: Key Events
|1982||Indian request for Parmar’s extradition denied by Canada|
|1985||Mastermind behind Air India bombing revealed|
|1981||Parmar accused of killing 2 Punjab Police officers|
|1983||Parmar arrested in Germany|
|1984||Parmar released and returned to Canada|
|1985||Parmar sneaked into India and was shot dead|