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Indian allegations of illegal funding of Khalistan movement are taken seriously by Ottawa

Ottawa says it takes seriously India’s allegations of illegal funding of Khalistan movement

Ottawa says it takes seriously India ’s allegations of illegal funding of Khalistan movement

Marco Mendicino said Ottawa has given security agencies the tools to deal with any illegal funding of the Sikh independence movement that is seeking to create a sovereign homeland

that New Delhi is concerned that some segments of the Sikh community in Canada are offering support and money to secessionists who want to separate Punjab from India. He called on Canada to crack down on diasporic funding of the Sikh independence movement that is seeking to create a sovereign homeland known as Khalistan.

Mr. Verma told The Globe that India is concerned about “illegal channels which are being used by those Canadians of Indian origin who are trying to push for the dismemberment of India or secession from India.”As part of its new Indo-Pacific strategy, Ottawa is opening the door to closer economic and diplomatic ties with India in an effort to end years of frosty relations since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister in 2015, including an ill-fated trip in 2018 where Jaspal Atwal, convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, was invited to dine with the Prime Minister during the visit. The invitation was rescinded after it came to light but he was earlier photographed with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and then-infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi at an earlier event in Mumbai.

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