Discarding Indian government's travel warning where the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) urged Indians who are planning to travel to Canada to excercise ‘utmost caution’ amid escalating anti-India activities and hate crimes, the Canadian public safety minister Dominic Leblanc said Canada is a safe country, as per media reports.
India's travel warning came yesterday amid the exacerbating India-Canada diplomatic relationship over the killing of pro-Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June in Canada. The situation started worsening since Canadian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau pointed at a ‘potential link’ between Indian government agents and the murder Nijjar in June.
The advisory said there were also threats against members of the Indian community who ‘oppose the anti-India agenda’.
India's 'tit-for-tat' travel advisory
India's travel advisory is also getting considered as a tit-for-tat response to Canada's travel information which was updated earlier amid growing tension between both the countries. However, it was later revealed that Canada's travel advisory did not add any new rule in connection with the current diplomatic tension.
Launching a scathing attack on Canada, the advisory read, “In view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, all Indian nationals there and those contemplating travel are urged to exercise utmost caution.”
The India-Canada feud so far
The diplomatic relation bagan worsening with an unexpected allegation from Trudeau while announcing a portion of information of the ongoing investigation into the killing of Nijjar.
Within moments since Trudeau's claim, Canada's foreign ministry expelled a senior Indian diplomat from the country.
Retaliating to Canada's whimsical action, India also ousted a top Canadian official soon after, with a condition to leave the country within five days.
New Delhi has also dimissed Canada's claim in killing of Nijjar, calling it ‘absurd and motivated’.
There are 230,000 Indian students and 700,000 non-resident Indians in Canada, according to the website of the Indian high commission in Ottawa.