EAM: No specific Nijjar case inputs provided by Canada

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NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar told Rajya Sabha on Thursday that there was no question of "equitable treatment" to the allegations made by the US and Canada, referring to the bid on

Sikh separatist

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and the killing of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar respectively.
The minister was asked why there was no equitable treatment with regard to charges made by the Canadian government.

"In so far as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or inputs were provided to us. So the question of equitable treatment to two countries, one of whom has provided input and one of whom has not, does not arise," said Jaishankar in response.
The US, however, has pressed India to also join the Canadian


into the killing of Nijjar, saying Ottawa's claims about the alleged involvement of Indian agents was informed by the intelligence shared among the 'Five Eyes' countries.

While India has dismissed the Canadian allegations as claims not backed by any evidence or actionable information, it has constituted an inquiry committeeto probe the US allegation about the role of an Indian official in the plot to murder Pannun.
An Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, was formally indicted last month by US agencies for the plot that was allegedly masterminded by the unnamed but identified Indian official.