‘Ant Taking Fight With…’: Ex US Official On Canada’s Charges Against India

'ant taking fight with...': ex us official on canada's charges against india

Washington D. C. : Former Pentagon official and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Rubin, said that Canada has greater danger than India in the fight and it would seem like an ant is picking up fight against and elephant.

While reacting on Canada’s allegations on India, former Pentagon official told ANI, “Well, frankly, there’s a much greater danger for Canada than India. If Canada wants to pick a fight, frankly, at this point, it’s like an ant picking a fight against an elephant. And the fact of the matter is India is the world’s largest democracy. It’s far more important strategically than Canada is, especially as concern grows with regard to China and other matters in the Indian Ocean basin and the Pacific.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that evidence regarding Indian government agents’ potential involvement in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shared with New Delhi weeks ago, Reuters reported.

“Canada has shared the credible allegations that I talked about on Monday with India. We did that many weeks ago,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa on Friday.

“We are there to work constructively with India. We hope that they engage with us so that we can get to the bottom of this very serious matter.”

Nijjar, one of India’s most-wanted terrorists, was killed in British Columbia state in June.

On Monday, Trudeau claimed that he was looking at “credible allegations” potentially linking Indian agents to Nijjar’s killing. These allegations prompted strong reactions from New Delhi. India’s visa processing centre in Canada suspended its services with immediate effect on Thursday.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also issued an advisory asking Indian nationals and Indian students in Canada to avoid travelling to regions “that have seen growing anti-India activities.”

“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 advisory stated.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on India to cooperate with Canada on the probe.

“We want to see accountability. And it’s important that the investigation run its course and lead to that result,” Blinken told reporters in New York on Friday.

“We would hope that our Indian friends would cooperate with that investigation as well,” Blinken added.