Canada Prioritizes Investigation of Sikh Leader’s Killing Over Trade Talks with India

Karachi: Senior Canadian Minister Mary Ng has clarified that Canada’s current focus is not on resuming trade talks with India, but rather on involving India in the investigation of the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, was killed in British Columbia, an incident that has raised questions and tensions between Canada and India.

According to the Kashmir Media Service, Minister Mary Ng, responsible for Export Promotion, International Trade, and Economic Development, underscored the importance of the investigation during a media interaction at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in San Francisco. She emphasized that the Canadian government’s primary concern is allowing the investigative process to proceed regarding the death of Nijjar on Canadian soil.

Responding to questions about the potential resumption of trade talks between Canada and India, Minister Ng highlighted the necessity of completing the investigation. She stated, “Our focus is, of course, on this investigation; that work has to take place.”

The incident has led to increased tensions, particularly following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments suggesting the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar’s killing on June 18.

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