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Business News/ News / India/  ‘India expects foreign govt to take action against Khalistani activities’, says Jaishankar
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‘India expects foreign govt to take action against Khalistani activities’, says Jaishankar

India expects action against the culprits involved in last year's attacks on its high commission in London and consulate in San Francisco, said Jaishankar.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. (ANI)Premium
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. (ANI)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said India expects foreign countries to act against Khalistani activities like violent protests, targeting Indian missions by throwing smoke bombs at embassies or consulates. 

“This is not freedom of speech but a misuse of it. We hope that action will be taken against those who attacked Indian missions," he told the media conclave. 

India has recently requested the foreign government including Canada, Australia, the United States, and the UK to take action against Khalistani supporters who were involved in arson targeting the Indian missions. 

This came after last year's attacks on the Indian high commission in London and consulate in San Francisco as well as those involved in threatening the Indian diplomats in Canada. 

Jaishankar said India had to suspend the issuance of visas in Canada as its diplomats were repeatedly "threatened and intimidated in many ways" and we "got very little comfort from the Canadian system that time".

"We expect the culprits in the attack in our consulate in San Francisco to be brought to book, we expect action against people who stormed into our high commission in London and we expect action against people who threatened our diplomats (in Canada)," the minister said as quoted by PTI. 

"We reached a stage when as a minister, I could not risk exposing the diplomats to the kind of violence which was very clearly prevalent in Canada at that time. That part of it has been rectified. Today, our visa operations are pretty much normal," Jaishankar added.

Last September, India temporarily suspended the issuance of visas to Canadian citizens, a move that came days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleges a "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The visa services were resumed several weeks later.

The Indian high commission in London was attacked by certain pro-Khalistani elements in March 19 last year while there was an attempted arson at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco in July. The Indian diplomats faced threats in Canada in September.

"In the UK, we saw our high commission being attacked by mobs and honestly we did not get the kind of protection that we expected to get. Things have improved in the UK. We find today a much firmer response in Australia and in the US," the EAM said as quoted by PTI. 

"If a receiving state does not investigate and take action against someone who attacks our embassy and consulates, there is a message in it. I do not think it is good for any of these countries to send that kind of message for their own reputation," he added. 

 

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 27 Feb 2024, 08:42 AM IST
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