Last Updated: September 20, 2023, 13:53 IST
The Khalistani elements in Canada, especially in the Liberal Party and New Democratic Party, have been receiving funds regularly from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents in Vancouver, according to the Indian intelligence sources.
Sources say the Khalistani elements in the name of “immigration” are taking money from students and using them for “anti-India propaganda”.
The students, who don’t wish to return to India, are being used by the Khalistani groups to carry out protests against India and the Indian High Commission in Canada.
Although old Canadians are not in favour of supporting the Khalistani groups but the new groups are in cahoots with them for their own gains.
The sources further pointed out that the farmers’ protest over the key farm bill in New Delhi in 2021 was fuelled by the Khalistani elements backed by the Canadian and Pakistani governments. In fact, the religious flags hoisted by Sikh protesters, who climbed atop a pole at Red Fort on the Republic Day in 2021, had the involvement of people from Canada, the sources told News18. Those spreading anti-India propaganda have also identified drug addicts in India, especially Punjab, for carrying out anti-national activities, the sources explained.
‘Death to India’ Call by Khalistani Groups
According to the intelligence inputs, the Khalistani groups are now beyond the control of the Trudeau government in Canada. A “death to India” threat call has been issued by a Khalistani group in Canada after the recent meeting of Justin Trudeau with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, which indicated diplomatic row between the two countries.
Terming the Indian missions in Canada as “terror houses”, the Khalistani group is demanding shutting down of consulates, the sources further said.
Trudeau had in parliament accused India of its involvement in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the chief of banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), in a suburb in Canada in June. Nijjar was a wanted terrorist in India, and also had a red corner notice issued against him.
Following the allegations, both countries expelled their diplomats.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday called the accusations “absurd”. “Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The inaction of the Canadian government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern,” the MEA’s statement declared. The statement further acknowledged that the matter had been discussed earlier by PM Modi and Trudeau.