Pakistan has responded to Canada’s assertions that Indian terrorism is not a surprise to them, with Foreign Secretary Sohail Qazi emphasizing that India is involved in state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir. This exchange of statements comes after Canada raised concerns about the activities of Indian intelligence agencies on its soil.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had accused India of being involved in state-sponsored terrorism and expressed concerns about the activities of Indian intelligence agencies. In response, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Qazi made several points.
First, Qazi stated that Pakistan is not surprised by Canada’s allegations against India. He highlighted that India’s involvement in state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir has been widely documented and condemned internationally. Pakistan has consistently raised this issue on various platforms.
Second, Pakistan’s Foreign Office clarified that there have been no changes in the status of the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Pakistan and accused of being involved in espionage and terrorism activities. Kulbhushan Jadhav’s detention remains unchanged.
The ongoing saga surrounding Kulbhushan Jadhav has been a source of tension between India and Pakistan. Pakistan has accused Jadhav of being a spy for India’s intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
On the other hand, Canada is facing its own diplomatic challenges related to Indian terrorism. The killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh leader living in Canada, has garnered international attention. The United States, along with Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, has called for a thorough investigation into Nijjar’s murder and expressed concerns over India’s alleged involvement.
The comments from the United States, Canada, and other countries highlight the global scrutiny of India’s actions and its intelligence agencies. The international community is increasingly concerned about allegations of state-sponsored terrorism and human rights abuses in the region, particularly in Kashmir.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Qazi underscored that Pakistan is a victim of Indian state-sponsored terrorism and that the world should take these concerns seriously. He mentioned that Pakistan had previously shared detailed evidence regarding Indian involvement in acts of terrorism, particularly in the December 2020 Lahore terrorist attack.
In light of these developments, the situation between Pakistan, India, and their respective diplomatic relationships with Western countries remains complex and continues to evolve. The allegations of state-sponsored terrorism and espionage will likely have significant implications for regional stability and international relations in South Asia.