COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS, NEW YORK
We told the Canadians that this is not the Government of India’s policy... If you have something specific and if you have something relevant, let us know. We are open to looking at it... The picture is not complete without the context You also have to appreciate that in the last few years, Canada actually has seen a lot of organised crime relating to the secessionist forces, violence and extremism. They’re all very, very deeply mixed up. So, in fact, we have been talking about specifics and information... We’ve given them a lot of information about organised crime and leadership, which operates out of Canada. There are a large number of extradition requests.
HUDSON INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON DC
This has been an issue of great friction for many years with Canada, in fact going back to the 1980s. Then it became dormant. But in the last few years, it has come back very much into play, because of what we consider to be a very permissive Canadian attitude towards terrorists, extremist people who openly advocate violence. And they have been given operating space in Canada because of the compulsions of Canadian politics...For Americans, Canada looks very different but for India, Canada is a country where organised crime from India, mixed with trafficking in people, mixed with secessionism, violence, terrorism — it’s a very toxic combination of issues and people who have found operating space there.
PRESS MEET, WASHINGTON DC
Our point is that today there is a climate of violence, an atmosphere of intimidation... Just think about it. We have had smoke bombs thrown at the mission. We have had our consulates…violence in front of them. Individuals have been targeted and intimidated. There are posters put up about people. Obviously, the fact that we have had to temporarily suspend our visa operations, it’s not something we would have liked to do. It is just that they made it very difficult for us to operate those services. So, tell me, do you consider this normal? Would, I mean for a moment, okay, this is about us. If this had happened to any other country, how would they react to it? I think it’s a reasonable question to ask. Let’s not normalise what is happening in Canada. What is happening in Canada, had it happened anywhere else, do you think the world would’ve taken it with equanimity.
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