• Monday, June 17, 2024

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After Ottawa, it’s India’s turn to issue advisory for its nationals in Canada as ties plummet

The externa affairs ministry’s caution for the Indian nationals came in view of growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada.

(L-R) Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (Photo by ALBERTO PEZZALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi (Photo by ALBERTO PEZZALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Wednesday (20) issued a release advising the country’s nationals and students in Canada and those planning on travelling to the country to exercise caution amid the ongoing diplomatic confrontation between New Delhi and Ottawa.

“Indian nationals and students in Canada must also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any emergency or untoward incident,” the release said.

The MEA’s caution for the Indian nationals came in view of growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada.

This comes amid growing tensions between India and Canada after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on Monday (18) accused the Indian government of being behind the fatal shooting of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey in British Columbia in June.

Recently, threats have particularly been issued against Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community who oppose the anti-India agenda, as per the MEA release.

MEA said the Indian high commission and consulates general in Canada will continue to be in contact with the Canadian authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of the Indian community in Canada.

Canada also issued a travel advisory on Tuesday (19) asking its citizens to avoid going to the northern Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir due to an unpredictable security situation there.

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