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Canada's move on Khalistanis a threat to India: Amarinder

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Accusing the government of in of "succumbing to domestic political pressure to remove all references to extremism in its 2018 report on terrorist threats", on Sunday said the move was a threat to Indian and global security.

expressed shock at the ruling Canadian Liberal Party's "knee-jerk decision that was clearly aimed at protecting its political interests in an election year", saying it could have serious consequences for India-Canadian relations in the long run.

"Trudeau is playing with fire with his decision to assuage inflamed domestic passions through this ill-considered move," said.

The pointed out that he himself had given proof to the Canadian Prime Minister, during the latter's visit in February last year, of Canada's soil being used to spread the separatist ideology against a friendly country.

"Trudeau had been informed of activists being involved in financing terror activities in from Canada," the said.

"Pointing to the well-known fact that was inundated by such activists and separatists, the Chief Minister dubbed the erasure of the various references to Khalistan and Khalistani organisations from the latest threat report as an unpardonable act in the eyes of the peace-loving global community," Amarinder Singh's said.

"Such an act amounted to endorsement of the terror activities and de facto promotion of extremism," the Chief Minister added, condemning outright the selective changes made by the in its report on threats.

Only references with respect to Khalistan and related terms have been targeted by the Trudeau administration, he pointed out, adding that it appeared to be a clear case of the giving in to political compulsions.

"It is obvious that Trudeau had played safe in view of the upcoming elections in Canada, giving in to pressure within his country. He has quite blatantly ignored the adverse impact this could have not only on Canada's relations with but also on geopolitical stability," he added.

Amarinder Singh warned the against encouraging hardliners through such actions, which he said were detrimental to the interest of both India and as well as the global community.

"The world cannot afford to fan extremism in any form, which is what the was effectively doing with such ill-thought moves," he said.



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 15:36 IST