In a dramatic escalation of diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, the Canadian Embassy in New Delhi made an unexpected move by asking its locally engaged staff to vacate the premises. This decision came just hours after India retaliated by expelling a senior Canadian diplomat in response to Canada’s earlier expulsion of an Indian diplomat.
The Canadian Embassy took the extraordinary step of shutting down its operations post-2 p.m., as per high-level sources. Employees at the Embassy were instructed to leave immediately and were also warned against speaking to the media or posting on social media platforms.
This diplomatic showdown follows accusations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who claimed that the Indian government was involved in the fatal shooting of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. India has vehemently rejected these allegations as “absurd and motivated.”
The expulsion of diplomats and the abrupt closure of the Canadian Embassy reflect the increasing strain in bilateral relations between the two countries and raise questions about the future of their diplomatic engagement.