India is Cooperating With Canada, Jody Thomas, Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor (NSIA), stated that Ottawa is gaining better cooperation from India in the investigation of pro-Khalistan figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
As she retired on Friday, Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor (NSIA) Jody Thomas stated that Ottawa is receiving increased assistance from India in the investigation of pro-Khalistan figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18, and the relationship is improving.
India is Cooperating With Canada Over Nijjar Killing: Official
Thomas made these remarks during interviews with Canadian media on Friday. “I would not describe them as uncooperative. I believe we’ve made progress in that relationship,” she told CTV, echoing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments in December about a “tonal shift” in how New Delhi was approaching the “credible allegations” of a link between Indian agents and Nijjar’s murder in Surrey, British Columbia.
“India is collaborating with us…”We need to work much harder to find a solution,” she told CTV.
Thomas told Canadian television station CTV, “My discussions with my counterpart in India have been fruitful, and I think they’ve moved things forward.”
India’s High Commission in Ottawa did not respond to demands for a reaction to the NSIA’s views, but in a December interview, High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma stated that India’s “approach towards resolving this issue” has “always been collaborative.”
Nathalie G Drouin, now Associate Secretary to the Cabinet, will take over as Canada’s new National Security Advisor on Saturday. Thomas went to India in August to examine the Nijjar murder with Indian officials. She called India’s reaction to the PM’s statement “unfortunate” and “a bit of a surprise.”
Before Trudeau’s declaration, Canada had “paused” negotiations with India for an Early Progress Trade Agreement (EPTA) in late August.
India had banned visa issuing to Canadians immediately following Trudeau’s statement, but this was reinstated in November. It also wanted “parity” in diplomatic presence, prompting 41 Canadian diplomats to leave India in October.
According to a story in the Globe and Mail last month, Canadian law enforcement has two suspects in Nijjar’s murder under surveillance, and their arrest may be close.