Giving heartburn to India, the Canadian government has totally avoided all references to Sikh and Khalistani extremism in its 2018 report on terrorist threats.
In the report titled “2018 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada”, the government completely scrubbed the name of Sikh and Khalistani extremism. It is allegedly said that the Canadian government was succumbed to the pressure of Sikh community groups in Cananda. Indian officials are aghast at the perceived capitulation to pressure from some community groups in Canada.
The updated version of “Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada” was released on Friday, about 24 hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to attend a Vasakhi parade, organised in Vancouver by the Khalsa Diwan Society, with national defence minister Harjit Sajjan.
The erasure of eight references to Sikh extremism and organisations and six references to Khalistan, the so-called homeland sought by some radical groups, came against the backdrop of reports that pressure groups in the Sikh community had threatened Canada’s ruling Liberal Party with dire consequences in an election year.
Officials from both countries familiar with developments acknowledged the new version of the report is the outcome of domestic political compulsions in Canada, especially efforts by political parties to woo the influential Indian and Sikh communities.
Some experts traced the origin of pressurization to several Indian-origin ministers in Canada.