‘Issue not of freedom of expression’, says India on attack by Khalistan supporters in Canada -aabtak24


India’s Response On Khalistan: India’s Ministry of External Affairs held a press conference on Thursday (July 6) on behalf of Khalistani supporters regarding the attack on India’s High Commission, commercial embassies. In this press conference, India has termed the incidents of violence in countries like Canada, Britain, America as unacceptable. Citing the Vienna Convention, India has urged the governments of the respective countries to provide appropriate security. 

Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that he expects the host countries to accord top priority to the security of their missions in India as per the Vienna Convention, as it is a serious issue and we have taken up the matter seriously with the concerned countries. Picked up from. 

Terror cannot be spread in the name of expression
Arindam Bagchi said that Khalistan supporters cannot spread terror in the name of freedom of expression. Arindam Bagchi said that the issue of pasting posters regarding diplomats, consulates, high commissions is very serious, in which incitement to violence, threats have been talked about. He said that talks have been held with Canada, Britain, America, Australia on such issues, immediate action has been reported from some places and it is expected that action will be taken in some places.

Bagchi said that the incident of attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, USA was also taken up with the administration there and there has been a reaction from there at the highest level and they have termed such an act as a criminal act. A few days ago, India had summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and a ‘demarche’ was held on the growing activities of Khalistan supporters in Canada. (letter of objection) was issued.

What action did Canada take to Khalistan supporters?
Khalistan supporters told that India has asked Canadian authorities in the wake of protests by pro-Khalistan groups outside the Indian mission in Canada on July 8. Also asked to take appropriate steps. Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that this issue is not about freedom of expression, but terrorist elements, separatist elements are getting opportunity in their name.

He said, we want to know what action the countries have taken or what action is being taken because such incidents have happened in the past as well. Bagchi said, ‘‘We take such attacks or threats very seriously and will continue to take whatever action is necessary. He said that our embassy is keeping an eye on such incidents and is in touch with the local administration. The spokesperson said that the host country is expected to ensure the security of embassies in accordance with the Vienna Convention. India has also taken up with the US the issue of Khalistan supporters attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.

Embassy arson attempt
This is the second such attack on a diplomatic mission in San Francisco within a few months. On March 19, a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked and vandalized the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. Khalistan supporters shared a video on Twitter on July 2, in which some people can be seen trying to set fire to the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.

Last month, India warned Canada that it was not good for bilateral relations after visuals of a tableau being taken out in Brampton related to the assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi surfaced on social media. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said, frankly we are not able to understand why anyone would do this except for vote bank politics. On Monday this week, Foreign Minister Jaishankar had said that ‘extremist, extremist’ Khalistani thinking is not good for India or allied countries like America, Britain, Canada, Australia.

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