“Canadian MP Kevin Vuong has called on the Justin Trudeau government to present evidence indicating the Indian government’s responsibility for the killing of Khalistani separatist-terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.”
“If Jagmeet Singh possesses ‘clear evidence’ pertaining to Mr. Nijjar’s death, he has a responsibility to present it to the relevant authorities,” Vuong stated.
In September, the Canadian Prime Minister asserted that India had a role in the killing of Khalistani separatist-terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India promptly dismissed these allegations as ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated.’ Nevertheless, he has not yet publicly presented any evidence to substantiate his claim regarding the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Nijjar was a fugitive wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on charges of financing terrorism and conspiring to commit murder. He posed a threat to India’s sovereignty due to his expressed intent to establish Khalistan separate from India. Tragically, in June, he was fatally shot by unidentified individuals outside a gurdwara’s parking lot in British Columbia’s Surrey.
Vuong’s call to the government comes following statements from Trudeau’s ally, Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), who asserted that there were clear signs of involvement by a “foreign government” in the assassination of Nijjar.
“In my capacity as a Sikh Canadian, there have consistently been suspicions of India’s interference in the democratic rights of Canadians,” Singh asserted, calling on the government to include India in the list of countries interfering in Canada’s affairs, alongside China.
Vuong, during his appearance on NDTV, stated that Jagmeet Singh should furnish concrete evidence if he makes such claims. He emphasized that Canada abides by the Rule of Law, and being the leader of a political party does not grant one the authority to act as judge, jury, and executioner. He conveyed this message through a post on the social media platform X.
The Independent Member of Parliament (MP) representing Spadina—Fort York and a former military officer, Vuong, asserted that Jagmeet Singh should refrain from making claims if he cannot substantiate them with evidence.
Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party (NDP) holds the position of the fourth-largest party in the House of Commons, the Lower House of the Canadian Parliament. It is perceived by some Canada observers as sympathetic to elements critical of India.
“This is unprecedented intelligence that has come to light, which is why we will persist in urging the Canadian government to conduct a comprehensive investigation to identify those accountable,” Singh had stated.