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WATCH: Canadian Parliament Holds A ‘Moment Of Silence’ to Mark Khalistani Terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s 1st Death Anniversary

In what could be a serious and new irritant in India-Canada relations, the Canadian Parliament has observed a moment of silence to mark one year since the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who has been designated by India as a Khalistani terrorist but was named as a Canadian citizen by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canada has arrested three Indian nationals, Karan Brar (22), Kamalpreet Singh (22), and 28-year-old Karanpreet Singh, for the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar was killed in a targeted shooting outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023. Nijjar figures on a list of 40 designated terrorists by India’s terror investigating agency, NIA. He is the chief of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).

Canada’s Parliament marked the one-year anniversary of the death of the Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar by holding a moment of silence in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

‘Moment Of Silence’ in Canadian Parliament for Khalistani Terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Canada has accused India of having a hand in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India, however, has refuted these allegations, and the issue has been a constant irritant in India-Canada relations. India also accuses Canada of giving a free hand to separatist organizations like the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). These organizations are frequently allowed to organize marches that also glorify the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and hail her killers as martyrs.

Relations between the two nations have been frosty. However, earlier this month, PM Modi and his counterpart, Justin Trudeau, tried to break the ice at the G7 summit in Italy. Trudeau said he sees a possibility of engaging with the Indian Government on economic ties and national security.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar first moved to Canada on a fake passport in 1997. He sought refugee status, which was rejected by the Canadian authorities. Later, he married a woman who was sponsoring his immigration, but this effort was not successful since the Canadian government again rejected this request. However, the Canadian government did a U-turn and soon after his death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him a Canadian national in Parliament.

India has been repeatedly urging Canada to put a halt to the activities of terror outfits. During Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India in 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh gave a list of wanted persons to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Nijjar’s name on it.

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