Despite Bharat’s outright rejection of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation on its ‘potential’ links to the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Five Eyes Alliance nations are surprisingly not focussing their ‘eyes’ on what is happening in Trudeau’s backyard.
The leader of opposition in Canada parliament Pierre Poilievre has stated that “the PM (of Canada) has made a statement but has not provided any facts. We want to see more information. We need to have evidence that allowed the PM Trudeau to come to the conclusion and make a statement of that type”.
When Canadians themselves are not sure of their PM’s statement, an American diplomat urging India to cooperate with Trudeau’s investigations sounds shallow. US President Joe Biden’s generic statement, at a reception in the UN, “on basic principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, universal human rights are tested” is also mere rhetoric minus action. On the one hand Biden expresses concern “as the nature of terrorists threats evolve and the geography expand to new places”, and on the other he does not ask Trudeau to contain the spread of Khalistani separatism and the targeting of Hindu groups on his soil. It is unfortunate that American leaders have chosen to ignore India’s concerns for so long, but have suddenly become aware of Canada’s concerns on the death of a notified terrorist.
The opposition leader in Canadian parliament has exposed the duplicity of PM Trudeau by comparing his attitude towards China, where he did nothing even when China was holding two Canadians hostages for long. When a PM keeps mum about the fate of Canadians in China and then gets vocal about a naturalised Indo-Canadian Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a designated terrorist, it leads to the suspicion that there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Member of Parliament in Canada and Trudeau’s party colleague Chandra Arya has put his own party and government in the dock over the happenings in Canada. The Liberal Party leader, in a video message, questioned the Trudeau’s policy of “allowing the glorification of terrorism or a hate crime targeting a religious group in the name of freedom of speech and expression”. The Liberal Party MP said Trudeau’s actions are creating a division among the communities of Indian origin and pushing Hindu Canadians to fear ‘targetted Hindu phobic attacks’. He referred to the attacks on the Indian high commission offices and the threat issued to the Hindu population to leave Canada or face liquidation.
For the Canadian media, the murder of Nijjar was the result of gang war for the control of pro-Khalistani funds. Similar murders that happened earlier are now recollected by the media. Even the state intelligence agencies are suspected to have a role in the elimination of certain gang leaders. The statement of Nijjar’s son that his father was regularly meeting Canadian intelligence officers in the months before his death has deepened the mystery and raised the questions on the claims made by Trudeau. So it is not the Indian angle that needs investigation but the question of Trudeau’s pro-Khalistan policies.
These being the undeniable facts, it is unfortunate that the US, Canada’s closest ‘eye’ of the Five Eyes alliance, chooses to believe Trudeau’s narration and suggests that Bharat should cooperate with the investigation into Nijjar’s killing. The American media has also spread unsubstantiated information regarding the US intelligence agencies monitoring the conversations of Indian embassy officials. While one ‘eye’ is needlessly focussing on the Nijjar incident, the other three ‘eyes’, UK, Australia and New Zealand, are keeping a quiet distance as they are not convinced with Trudeau’s stand.
The Five Eye Alliance has its origin in the Second World War, when USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand came together to share intelligence to break the German and Japanese codes. Till 2010, the agreement between those nations was kept secret though the alliance officially completed its formation by 1956. Now this group is acting as an intelligence sharing association mainly aimed at containing China. With the formation of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) featuring USA, Japan, Australia and Bharat, the co-operation became much closer.
It is unfortunate that despite Bharat’s strategic importance for the US in the Indian Ocean region, the US has not advised Trudeau to stop pampering terrorists on its soil.
“Trudeau’s actions are creating a division among the communities of Indian origin and pushing Hindu Canadians to fear targetted Hindu-phobic attacks” -Chandra Arya Liberal Party MP
Bharat is an established peace loving country willing to settle any issue with any nation, including long term foes Pakistan and China. In fact after taking over the administration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi even tried to reach out to the Khalistani elements in Canada through a British Sikh activist Jasdev Singh Rai but that outreach attempt was torpedoed by Trudeau under pressure from certain Gurudwara leaders as reported by columnist Terry Glavin in National Post. Trudeau’s double standards on issues of sovereignty and separatism are being openly criticised but he chooses to turn a blind eye.
The public is widely using social media to question Trudeau’s policy of cooperating with terrorist elements, the sanctioning of Canadian citizenship to Nijjar though he moved to Canada on a false passport, more so when he was designated as terrorist by Bharat and much more. That Nijjar practised with assault weapons at an undisclosed shooting range on Canadian soil, though he claims to be humble plumber, is another damning evidence against the Trudeau dispensation.
Trudeau is a caged PM, as his continuance in the chair is dependent on the votes of Khalistan separatists in Canada. Reports indicate the rapid falling popularity of Trudeau and his desperation to retain his chair and thus playing to the Khalistani gallery. Trudeau is forgetting that majority Sikhs in Canada are not Khalistani supporters and they are the silent majority, watching the Trudeau tirade against their peace loving motherland.