Canadian MP criticises paying tribute to terrorist Nijjar

Vancouver: The Canadian MP has criticised the silence observed by Canadian MPs in the House of Commons on the death anniversary of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist and a terrorist declared a terrorist by India.

Nepean MP Chandra Arya expressed dissatisfaction with the stand of his own government. “When Parliament decides to keep quiet, it’s for some great Canadians who have done great service to the lives of their countrymen,” he said in an interview to a newspaper.

Nijjar was not one of them. Arya criticised the elevation of Nijjar’s status despite credible allegations linking Nijjar’s murder to the foreign government.

Pertinently, MPs from all parties had observed silence on June 18 to mark the death anniversary of Hardeep Nijjar, who was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey last year. Diplomatic relations between the two countries came under strain after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of being linked to the incident.