Union Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar, on Thursday addressed the Parliament regarding the alleged plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil. The minister revealed that the United States had shared crucial inputs with India as part of bilateral security cooperation.
"So, because it has a bearing on our own national security, it was decided to institute an inquiry into the matter and an inquiry committee has been constituted," said Jaishankar while speaking in Rajya Sabha.
Jaishankar emphasised the significance of the matter to India's national security, leading to the decision to institute a formal inquiry.
"Insofar as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or inputs were provided to us. So, the question of equitable treatment to two countries, one of whom has provided inputs and one of whom has not, does not arise," the minister added.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the lack of shared information from Canada, making ‘Equitable treatment’ of two allegations not possible.
These developments unfolded as prosecutors in Manhattan filed an indictment against an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, and an unidentified Indian official in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil.