RT-Engels: 06-06-2024,

Ottawa has put New Delhi on its “foreign interference” list along with Beijing and Moscow

India is the “second biggest foreign threat” to Canadian democracy after China, a high-level parliamentary panel has claimed. Russia, which had occupied the second position in a 2019 report, now occupies the third spot in the list.

The report was released by Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), comprising MPs and senators with top security clearances. The committee named two more Asian nations – Pakistan and Iran – that it claims threaten to undermine the country’s democracy.

The NSICOP explained that New Delhi has been moved to the top-three on the list as it had targeted “Canadian politicians, ethnic media and Indo-Canadian ethnocultural communities.”

The development comes amid an ongoing diplomatic row between Ottawa and New Delhi that erupted last year after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged the government of India was involved in the killing near Vancouver of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist activist and supporter of the ‘Khalistan’ movement.

Canada arrests Indians suspected of killing Sikh activist

The movement, which seeks the creation of a separate Khalistan nation-state to be carved out of India, has been outlawed by New Delhi.

India repeatedly denied the Canadian allegations and has sought proof from Trudeau’s government.

Tensions between the two nations flared yet again last month after Trudeau attended a rally in Toronto where several attendees chanted pro-Khalistan slogans.

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