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Foreign AffairsIndia suspends visa for Canadians amid diplomatic tensions

India suspends visa for Canadians amid diplomatic tensions

In an unprecedented move that has sent shockwaves through diplomatic circles, India has suspended its visa services in Canada. This comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India over the killing of Khalistan terrorist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The developments have led to a significant strain in India-Canada relations, raising questions about the future of this bilateral partnership.

In a move that has left many baffled, India has suspended its visa services in Canada. The decision comes amidst a growing diplomatic row between the two nations, marking a new low in their relations. The suspension of visa services is seen as a significant escalation, according to NDTV, affecting not just diplomatic ties but also the lives of ordinary citizens who rely on these services for travel, work, and family reunions.

Adding fuel to the fire, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently made allegations against India, accusing it of involvement in the killing of Khalistan terrorist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The allegations have not only strained diplomatic relations but have also raised eyebrows in international circles, reports the Times of India. The Canadian Prime Minister’s comments have been met with strong rebuttals from India, further complicating the diplomatic landscape.

The role of the Indian diaspora in Canada has also come under scrutiny. An opinion piece in The Indian Express suggests that Canada’s political landscape is being influenced by diaspora politics, which in turn is affecting its foreign policy decisions. The article argues that Canada needs to see India as more than just its diaspora, hinting at the need for a more nuanced approach to bilateral relations.

The current state of affairs has led to an atmosphere of uncertainty, affecting trade, diplomacy, and people-to-people connections. Both nations now face the challenge of navigating this complex situation carefully to prevent further deterioration of their relationship.

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Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
An Ahmadi Muslim from India, a senior journalist and Editor-in-chief of The Eastern Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MANooriBajwa

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