OTTAWA: Indian High Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma said that, and India is only asking for “specific and relevant” evidence in the killing of India designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar so that it can help Canada in reaching the conclusion of the investigation.
He further said that instead of the differences, the India-Canada relations should focus on convergence, as New Delhi is still open for business relations and urges Ottawa to send more business delegations.
In an interview with Canadian journalist Tahir Gora at TAG TV Toronto, the Indian High Commissioner said, “We have always said that India is ready to look into any specific and relevant shared by our Canadian friends and take it forward in a logical way that is legally defendable in both the countries”.
On being asked if India is looking into the allegations and concerns made by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Verma said that India is only asking for relevant information so that New Delhi can help Ottawa reach the conclusion of the case.
“India is only asking for specific and relevant information so that we can help you. We can help the Canadian investigators to reach their conclusion, to the extent that it will be viable for them to go for the legal action...I will urge my Canadian friends and colleagues. I can assure them that we will certainly look into them,” he added.
The Indian envoy further said that there is an understanding of New Delhi’s concerns from the Canadian side but more action needs to be seen on the ground.
“We have voiced our concerns on various occasions and not only today from through our historical relationship which we have here. I believe that there is an understanding of our concern in the Canadian policy-making circles and decision-making circles. I have seen many statements coming from the Canadian leadership respecting Indian sovereignty and territorial integrity and I have no doubt about it,” Verma said.
He added, “We need to see more on the ground and through the dialogue. I am sure we’ll be able to see that convergence on the ground as well and we’ll see any semblance of use of Canadian soil by Canadian citizens to target and challenge Indian sovereignty.”
The Indian envoy further said that New Delhi and Ottawa have a long friendship but the two countries are seeing ‘divergence’ on this one issue. He further stressed that instead of focusing on divergence, the two countries should focus on convergence and take them forward.
“Trade is an issue which is absolutely separate...it is a convergent. Trade is something that brings us together, and I would suggest, that our friends, both in the Indo-Canadian community and wider Canadian community take the advantage of current economic growth, and innovative growth of India and do trade in a way that is beneficial to both of us,” the Indian envoy said. (ANI)