‘Secret memo against Nijjar’ report is denied by India, saying it was ‘peddled by Pak intelligence’

The report of any document was refuted by the ministry of external affairs, which also claimed that it was a part of an ongoing campaign of disinformation against India.

A report on Hardeep Singh Nijjar that stated that New Delhi sent a “secret memo” to consulates in North America to begin a “sophisticated crackdown scheme” against Sikh diaspora organisations in Western nations was refuted by the ministry of external affairs on Sunday. The ministry denied the existence of the memo, labelling The Intercept claim as fraudulent and entirely made up. This is a component of an ongoing defamation campaign directed towards India. The aforementioned site is notorious for disseminating false narratives that are pushed by Pakistani intelligence. The authors’ posts attest to this connection,” the MEA stated. “Those who amplify such fake news only do so at the cost of their own credibility,” the statement continued.

According to the Intercept article, in April 2023, a confidential memo was released. The dossier, which the government has called bogus, stated that it “lists several Sikh dissidents under investigation by India’s intelligence agencies including the Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar.” It stated that the memo was sent out two months prior to the Vancouver killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that India was responsible for Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder, the relationship between India and Canada took a hit. India denied the allegation and promised to assist with the probe in the event that Canada produced proof. India briefly halted its visa services in Canada due to a diplomatic dispute with Canada. Services were restored, but after New Delhi brought attention to a discrepancy in the number of Canadian and Indian diplomats, Ottawa was forced to remove about forty diplomats from India. Additionally, India charged that Canadian diplomats stationed there were meddling in domestic matters.

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