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MEA: India Criticizes Canada’s Moment of Silence for Terrorist Nijjar

Despite India’s repeated objections, Canada continues its controversial actions. The latest incident involves Hardeep Singh Nijjar. A moment of silence was observed in the Canadian Parliament in memory of the terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, prompting a strong response from India. Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal condemned this gesture, stating, “We oppose any step that gives space to terrorism in politics.”

‘Khalistani Terrorism a Matter of Concern for Us’

On the issue of Khalistani terrorism, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reiterated, “We have consistently emphasized that Khalistani activities are a serious concern for us. We have repeatedly called on the Canadian government to take action.” Jaiswal noted that extremists are being given political leniency in Canada and stressed the need for strict action against such individuals.

Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar?

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, originally from Jalandhar, Punjab, went to Canada in 1997 on a fake passport. Although his refugee claim was rejected by the Canadian government, Nijjar tried to obtain citizenship by marrying in Canada, but his application was again denied. However, last year, when Nijjar was shot dead, the Canadian government described him as a Canadian citizen. Canadian police have arrested three Indian youths in connection with Nijjar’s murder.

Jaiswal Comments on Nikhil Gupta’s Extradition to the USA

Indian citizen Nikhil Gupta, accused of plotting to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, has been extradited to the USA from the Czech Republic. MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated that Gupta was extradited on June 14. He mentioned, “We have not received any request for consular access from Nikhil Gupta yet, although his family is in contact with us. We are trying to ascertain what steps can be taken following the family’s request.”

Jaiswal on French Journalist Sebastien Farcis’ Issue

Regarding the claim by French journalist Sebastien Farcis that he had to leave India after his visa permit was not renewed, Jaiswal clarified that Farcis held an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. Jaiswal explained, “If you are an OCI cardholder, you need permission to continue your journalism work. Farcis applied for this in May 2025, and his application is under consideration. The decision to leave the country was taken by Farcis himself.” Farcis had claimed on Thursday that he was forced to leave India after the Ministry of Home Affairs refused to renew his permit.

‘Dalai Lama is a Respected and Religious Leader in India’

Commenting on the visit of a special American delegation to India, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated that a seven-member US delegation visited India from June 16 to 20, including a visit to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh on June 18 and 19. The delegation also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Foreign Minister, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Jaiswal emphasized, “I want to reiterate India’s position on Buddhist leader Dalai Lama. He is a respected religious leader, and the people of India hold him in high regard. He is granted appropriate freedom to conduct his religious and spiritual activities.”

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