India denies report of ‘secret memo’ against Hardeep Singh Nijjar: ‘Fake narrative peddled by Pak intelligence’

On Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected reports alleging that India had sent a \’secret memo\’ to North American countries, urging them to implement a \”sophisticated crackdown scheme\” against the Sikh diaspora in Western nations. The MEA\’s response, prompted by a report from The Intercept, which claimed the issuance of the secret memo in April 2023 and implicated the deceased Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, categorically denied the existence of any such communication.

The MEA dismissed the allegations as part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India and attributed the dissemination of false narratives to Pakistani intelligence. The MEA statement emphasized, \”This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India. The outlet in question is known for propagating fake narratives peddled by Pakistani intelligence. The posts of the authors confirm this linkage,\” and cautioned that those amplifying such misinformation risked compromising their own credibility.

The Intercept, an American nonprofit news organization, outlined in its report \”several Sikh dissidents under investigation by India\’s intelligence agencies, including the Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar.\” The Indian government unequivocally dismissed the report as \”fake.\”

In September of the same year, the relationship between India and Canada encountered strains when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused \”agents of the Indian government\” of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June 2023. India rejected the allegations as \”absurd\” and rebuked the Canadian Prime Minister for making baseless claims. The diplomatic fallout led to a temporary suspension of visa services by India in Canada. Although services were later resumed, Ottawa recalled approximately 40 diplomats, citing an imbalance in diplomatic representation between the two nations.

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