INDIA: India summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and conveyed its grave concern over the recent actions by separatist and extremist groups against its consulates and diplomatic missions in Canada.
In a statement, the ministry of external affairs stated, “The Government of India sought an explanation on how such elements were allowed, in the presence of police, to breach the security of our diplomatic missions and consulates.”
In the statement, the Ministry of External Affairs reminded Canada of its responsibilities under the Vienna Convention and urged it to apprehend and prosecute anyone already known to have participated in such actions.
The ministry hoped that the government of Canada would take all necessary measures to ensure the security of its diplomatic facilities and the safety of its diplomats.
An event that the Indian envoy to Canada was supposed to attend in the province of British Columbia was postponed because of security concerns following a violent demonstration by supporters of Khalistan on Sunday.
The event was held at the Taj Park Convention Centre in Surrey to mark Sanjay Kumar Verma’s first trip to the west coast as India’s high commissioner.
The protesters also assaulted Sameer Kaushal, an Indian-born journalist who was at the scene to report the demonstration.
This comes after Dr. S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, accused the UK government of failing to uphold security responsibilities days after a group of pro-Khalistani demonstrators wrecked the Indian High Commission in London and pulled down the tricolour on the premises.
Last Sunday, a group of pro-Khalistan demonstrators held a banner-waving rally in front of the Indian High Commission in London, United Kingdom, while carrying Amritpal Singh banners and flags. The banners that featured Singh’s picture read: “Free Amritpal Singh,” “We Want Justice,” and “We Stand With Amritpal Singh.”
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