“Canada Closely Following Developments In Punjab”: Foreign Minister Melanie Joly
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said Canada is monitoring developments “very closely” in Punjab and will continue to address community concerns amid the Punjab Police crackdown on extremist preacher Amritpal Singh. .
Joly is answering questions from Indian-Canadian MP Iqwinder S Gaheer in the House of Commons on Thursday.
“We are aware of the developing situation in Punjab and we are monitoring it very closely. We look forward to the situation returning to more stability,” she said.
“Canadians can always count on the Government of Canada to ensure that we continue to address the concerns of many members of the community,” she added.
Gaheer said he had heard about the mass Internet outage going on in Punjab and asked Joly to update the House of Commons on the situation in India.
Responding to a question about foreign leaders and MPs commenting on the action against Amritpal Singh, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi urged people abroad not to believe “incorrect stories”. authentic and motivated” is being spread by some elements on social networks.
A spokesman in New Delhi said: “Authorities in Punjab are conducting fugitive operations. Information regarding such activity is being shared regularly by relevant authorities.”
Authorities in Punjab last week suspended internet and SMS services in the state following a police crackdown against elements of ‘Waris Punjab De’, led by the radical preacher.
Police in Punjab are still looking for Amritpal Singh.
Earlier on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the House of Commons: “We are looking forward to a speedy return to a more stable situation.” Canada has also recently seen an uptick in anti-Indian activities by Khalistan supporters, who vandalized several Hindu temples.
A Ram Mandir in Mississauga was smeared with anti-India graffiti by ‘Khalistani extremists’ on February 13, prompting a strong response from the Indian Consulate in Toronto.
“We strongly condemn the act of smearing Ram Mandir in Mississauga with anti-India graffiti. We have asked the Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take swift action against the perpetrators,” the leader said. The Indian Consulate in Toronto wrote on Twitter.
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