Shillong, September 27: Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), a key ally of the ruling party, has expressed significant concerns regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, suggesting clear indications of foreign government involvement.
Singh’s remarks came while talking to reporters in Ottawa, where he highlighted that Canadian intelligence has pointed to the involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil, as previously shared by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reports stated.
The NDP, the fourth-largest party in the Canadian House of Commons, has described these allegations against India by Prime Minister Trudeau as a very serious matter. Singh emphasized that his statements were based on the intelligence briefing he received and emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
In response to a question, Singh noted that the United States has been supportive of Canada’s call for transparency from India and stated their intention to continue advocating for these concerns.
Singh revealed that he received the briefing based on materials prepared by former governor-general David Johnston, who had been named as a special rapporteur to investigate the issue. However, Johnston has since resigned from this role.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Johnston’s report concluded that Trudeau’s government did not knowingly or negligently fail to act on foreign attempts to interfere in the last two federal elections.
Singh emphasized the need for a public inquiry, citing a lack of urgency or action on the part of the prime minister and the Prime Minister’s office in response to the information presented.
Furthermore, he expressed genuine concerns about the Sikh community being targeted in Canada due to actions by the Indian government. Singh stressed that the revelation by a G7 nation’s prime minister connecting the killing of a Khalistani terrorist on Canadian soil to a foreign government has heightened these concerns within the Sikh community and made them more tangible.