Canada asks citizens to 'exercise caution' while travelling to India amid diplomatic tensions
India-Canada diplomatic tensions: News With diplomatic relations between India and Canada strained as a result of the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Canadian government updated its travel advisory on Tuesday, advising citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" when travelling to India due to the "threat of terrorist attack throughout the country."
"Avoid all travel to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir due to the unpredictable security situation. There is a threat of terrorism, militancy, civil unrest and kidnapping. This advisory excludes travelling to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh," says Canada in its… pic.twitter.com/AxV7aZ18q3 — ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2023
Tensions between the two countries intensified after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that evidence pointed to India's involvement in the June killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The Ministry of External Affairs, however, rejected these charges, calling them "absurd and motivated." Issuing a statement, India said, “We have seen and rejected the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister.”
“Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated. Similar allegations were made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister, and were completely rejected,” the MEA stated.
Following Trudeau's remarks, Canada expelled the high-ranking diplomat on Monday. In a similar move, the Indian government sacked a top Canadian diplomat on Tuesday.
The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that the concerned diplomat has been instructed to leave India within the next five days.
“The decision reflects Government of India’s growing concern at the interference of Canadian diplomats in our internal matters and their involvement in anti-India activities,” the statement added.
- With inputs from agencies