Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to allegations made by the United States regarding an Indian link to a foiled assassination plot against designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. This is the first time that the Prime Minister has publicly addressed these claims.
During an interview with The Financial Times, a UK-based daily, Modi expressed his view that it is not appropriate to connect a few incidents with the diplomatic relations between India and the U.S. He emphasized that these incidents would not have any impact on the strong ties between the two nations.
The allegations emerged after the U.S. charged an Indian national named Nikhil Gupta in connection with the foiled assassination plot targeting Pannun. In response to these allegations, the Prime Minister stated that he will thoroughly examine any evidence presented.
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The claims of an Indian connection to a purportedly thwarted assassination scheme targeting Indian designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun have caused diplomatic tensions between India and its global allies, namely the U.S. and Canada. The accusation by U.S. prosecutors regarding the involvement of an Indian official in the plot has strained the typically amicable relations between India and the U.S. Nevertheless, the partnership between the two nations remains vibrant and consequential, suggesting that these incidents may not have a significant impact on their long-term diplomatic ties. Conversely, the allegations have also impacted India’s relations with Canada, indicating a shift towards a more assertive Indian foreign policy.