India slams Canada for allowing glorification of acts of terrorism

India slams Canada for allowing glorification of acts of terrorism

New Delhi/Ottawa, June 24: Observing the 39th anniversary of the Kanishka terror bombing, India said that any act of glorifying terrorism should be condemned, and slammed Canada for allowing such glorification to be routine on many occasions.

In a statement, the Indian High Commission in Ottawa said the bombing of the Air India flight 182 by Khalistani terrorists is the worst ever in Canadian aviation history to date, and pointed out that “the perpetrators and the co-conspirators of this dastardly act remain free”.

“While thirty-nine years have passed since the cowardly act, terrorism has unfortunately assumed proportions of an existential threat to international peace and security today.

“Any act of glorifying terrorism, including the bombing of Al-182 in 1985, is deplorable and should be condemned by all peace-loving countries and people,” it said.

“It is unfortunate that such actions are allowed to be routine on many occasions in Canada,” it added.

The AI flight 182 Kanishka on June 23, 1985 from Toronto with a brief stopover at Montreal was en route to New Delhi when it exploded off the coast of Ireland while preparing to land at Heathrow airport. The mid-air explosion which killed all the 329 people on board is widely considered to be one of the world’s deadliest acts of terrorism and civilian aviation sabotage. It was one of two related bomb explosions carried out by Khalistani terrorists. The other explosion occurred at the Narita airport in Tokyo killing two baggage handlers.

The statement by the Indian HC in Ottawa said that “terrorism knows no borders, nationality or race, and is a challenge that the international community faces, and needs to combat effectively”.

“Over the years, India has led from the front to counter terrorism, with support from like-minded countries.

It quoted EAM S Jaishankar as saying in the UNGA in September 2023: ”…Nor must we countenance that political convenience determines responses to terrorism, extremism and violence. Similarly, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs cannot be exercises in cherry picking”, and said the spirit of this statement is the best tribute to the victims of Air India flight 182 Kanishka.

Earlier, surrounded by family members and friends of the victims of the Kanishka bombing and Canadian officials, Indian High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar paid homage to the victims of Kanishka bombing in Ottawa.

In a post on X, the Indian High Commission showed pictures of wreaths being laid at the Air India Flight 182 Monument at Commissioner’s Park, Dow’s lake, Ottawa.

“Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Verma said “No government in the world should overlook the threat of terrorism emanating from its territories for political gains. Human lives are much more important than the transitory political interests. All terrorist activities should be met with exemplary legal and social actions, before they start harming the larger humanity. Governments, security agencies, and international organizations must work in concert to dismantle terrorist networks, disrupt their financing, and counter their twisted ideologies.”

“Family members and friends of the victims, officials of Government of Canada including the Assistant RCMP Commissioner, the Ambassador of Ireland and more than 150 members of the Indo-Canadian community attended the solemn occasion.

“India shares the sorrow and pain of the victims’ near and dear ones. India stands at the forefront of countering the menace of terrorism and works closely with all nations to tackle this global threat.”

Despite nearly four decades having passed since the bombing, the Canadian police reiterated on Saturday that their investigation into the Air India Flight 182 bombing remains “active and ongoing”. They described it as the “longest” and one of the “most complex domestic terrorism” investigations in Canadian history.

In 2006, the Canadian government set up an inquiry panel, led by retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice John C. Major, following demands for justice. In 2010, the inquiry panel released its final report, which criticised the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for their mishandling of the investigation. The inquiry identified Talwinder Singh Parmar as the mastermind of the terror bombing.

Parmar, leader of the extremist group Babbar Khalsa, was shot dead in 1992 in Mumbai. Inderjit Singh Reyat, another bomber, was initially sentenced to five years in jail, which was increased to 30 years. He was released in 2016.

Ripudaman Singh Malik was killed in July 2022 in Canada, while Ajaib Singh Bagri was acquitted of all charges in 2016


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