New Delhi, September 22nd
In one of its harshest comments on Canada’s anti-India separatist activities, the Foreign Office said it found it “deeply reprehensible” that a politically motivated exercise by extremist elements was allowed to take place in a friendly country.
“They are all aware of the history of violence in this regard,” MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said here on Thursday, while calling the so-called Khalistan referendum a “farce exercise by extremists and radical elements.”
The MEA’s response came after Ontario did little in three southern bloc diplomatic embassies to stop the so-called “referendum” in Brampton, Canada on Sept. 19 over whether Indian Punjab should not be a separate country .
Canada had reportedly declared that its citizens have the right to peacefully and lawfully assemble and express their views.
The Canadian government has also stated that it respects India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will not recognize the so-called referendum.
But the MEA remained unsatisfied with the answer. “Nevertheless, the Indian government will continue to urge the Canadian government to act on this matter,” MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said here on Thursday.