“India demands repatriation of 41 diplomats from Canada by the 10th”

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FT report… Warning of loss of immunity if payment is not made within the deadline.

Conflict between Canada and India is deepening in connection with the murder of a Sikh leader in Canada. The Financial Times (FT) reported on the 3rd (local time) that the Indian government has requested that about 40 Canadian diplomats stationed in the country be repatriated to their home country by the 10th.

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The FT reported this, citing sources familiar with the matter. In particular, according to one source, India specifically announced the withdrawal of 41 out of 62 diplomats stationed in Canada.

Additionally, the Indian government warned that they may lose their immunity if they do not return to their home country within the deadline.

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The FT reported that the governments of Canada and India declined to comment on these sources’ claims.

Previously, the Indian government expressed its desire for “equality” in the number and level of diplomats dispatched between Canada and India.

The deterioration in relations between Canada and India began on the 18th of last month when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed the finger at the Indian government as the mastermind behind the assassination of an Indian-Canadian citizen. At the same time, he expelled Indian diplomats.

Previously, Hardeep Singh Nizar, a Canadian citizen and leader of an Indian Sikh separatist group, died on the spot after being shot by two masked assailants in the parking lot of a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, on June 18. Canada claims that Indian government agents are behind this incident.

However, the Indian government objected, calling it an “absurd claim that does not fit common sense.” They immediately fought back by expelling Canadian diplomats.

Sikhism is a religion that was born in the 15th century through the fusion of Hindu and Islamic beliefs, and is estimated to have about 30 million followers worldwide. Approximately 25 million people currently live in the northwest Indian state of Punjab alone. Currently, most Indian citizens living in Canada are Sikhs.

Source: Donga

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