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Canada advises its citizens to exercise ‘high caution’ when traveling to India in latest travel advisory


Amid simmering diplomatic tensions between Canada and India following the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the former country updated its India travel advisory on Tuesday, advising its citizens to exercise “high caution” when traveling to India due to a threat of terrorist attacks across the country.

The new advisory advises citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the North-Eastern states, particularly Assam and Manipur, and advises to avoid all travel to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, this advisory excludes travel to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Canada is also advising its citizens to avoid travel to areas within 10 kilometers of the border with Pakistan in Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. This notice also excludes the Wagah border post.

Diplomatic relations between India and Canada hit a new low on Tuesday after Canada expelled a top Indian diplomat, citing “credible allegations” of Indian government involvement in the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations are intended to divert attention from Khalistan terrorists and extremists, who have taken refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Canadian government’s inaction in this matter has been a continuing and long-standing concern. “, the press release said.

The Indian government added that Canadian political figures have openly expressed sympathy for such elements, which remains a matter of deep concern.

He adds that Canada’s space for a range of illegal activities such as human trafficking, murder and organized crime is not new.

The latest development comes after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Tuesday that Canada was not trying to provoke India by suggesting its agents were linked to the killing of a Khalistan terrorist, but that Ottawa wanted that New Delhi addresses the issue appropriately.

“The Indian government must take this issue seriously. We are doing this, we are not looking for provocation or escalation,” the Canadian prime minister told reporters, according to a Reuters report.