‘Space given to terrorists’: India to Canada after Justin Trudeau’s ‘tonal shift’ dig

by Vaibhav Tiwari at Hindustantimes.com

A day after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau took the “tonal shift” jibe at India, New Delhi on Thursday said the core issue with Canada is that it gives space to separatists, terrorists and anti-India elements.”

Our position has been consistent. We have highlighted how we see the problem and frankly, the core issue remains the space that is given to extremists, terrorists and anti-India elements in that country,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said today.

Trudeau on Wednesday said he felt a tonal shift in relations with India since the United States accused Indian government officials of plotting the murder of separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

“I would not like to say whether they have noted a shift or not. Certainly, our positions have remained consistent and we would hope that they would take action on such extremist elements that are misusing freedom of speech and expression from their country,” Bagchi added.

India and Canada’s ties hit rock bottom when Trudeau accused Indian agents of conspiring to kill Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. India rejected the charges as absurd.