A militant group from Canada issued another threat call to India on Tuesday, demanding the closure of the Indian Embassy in Ottawa and the recall of High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma. This threat came just two days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.
Trudeau’s Extended Stay in India
This threat call occurred while Trudeau was still in India, following an issue with his 36-year-old Airbus plane. The Canadian PM had come to India for the G20 Leaders’ Summit but had a subdued presence at the event. He even missed the official G20 gala dinner, as reported by the Canadian media.
Militant Group’s Allegations
The militant group behind the threat alleged that the PM Modi-led government was responsible for Trudeau’s “disrespect.” According to government sources, this is the second threat issued in the last 48 hours. The group warned that PM Modi should call back his ambassador “otherwise he would face consequences.” They claimed, “Now proves whatever we claim is absolutely right. All terror calls are originated from Canada, and for this, leadership is responsible.”
New Delhi’s Concerns
Trudeau’s extended stay in India post-G20 summit coincided with New Delhi expressing its strong concerns to him about the continuing anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada. These elements have been promoting secessionism, inciting violence against Indian diplomats, and threatening the Indian community in Canada.
During his talks with Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Modi emphasized that a relationship based on “mutual respect and trust” is essential for the progress of the India-Canada relationship, as stated by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Canada’s militant group’s threat to India has added tension to the already complex relationship between the two countries. Trudeau’s extended stay in India and the concerns raised by PM Modi highlight the need for both nations to address issues related to extremism and diplomatic respect.