New Delhi, Feb 23: India and Canada will work to neutralise the threats emanating from the Sikh extremist organisations like Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation along with LeT and Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau reiterated their commitment to fight extremism and separatism.
Two countries also released ‘Framework for Cooperation between India and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism’ document. The document, finalised after extensive talks between National Security Advisors of India and Canada, stated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever, wherever and by whomsoever, they are committed.
“They recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence,” the document said.
“They committed to work together to neutralise the threats emanating from terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Haqqani Network, LeT, JeM, Babbar Khalsa International, and the International Sikh Youth Federation,” it said
India has been battling various forms of extremism, which are being funded from many organisations based in Canada, UK and Saudi Arabia, for many decades. Babbar Khalsa International, or better known as Babbar Khalsa, is a Sikh militant organisation now based in Lahore, Pakistan, and reportedly operates in Canada, Germany, the UK and some parts of India. Similarly, the International Sikh Youth Federation is a proscribed organisation that aims to establish an independent homeland for the Sikhs of India in Khalistan.
Taking a tough stand on terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his joint statement with Justin Trudeau, said both countries need to fight the menace of terrorism together. PM Modi said attempts to challenge the integrity of both the nations won’t be tolerated. India and Canada have inked six agreements to boost trade and bilateral ties further.
“It is important for India and Canada to join hands in fighting terrorism. We have agreed to continue our efforts against the menace of terrorism. Terrorism and militancy are a big threat for both the countries,” PM Modi said.
“There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism. We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries,” he added.