Whoever killed Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, B.C., in June of this year, it is another terrible and outrageous incident, like the murder of the Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It is horrific in itself, and if there is any truth to Justin Trudeau’s allegations, it is also an intolerable affront, but it cannot be allowed to undermine a vital international relationship.

The charge that India was responsible for the murder of this militant Sikh separatist seems to rest on Canadian official surveillance of Indian diplomats and confirmatory information from one of our partners in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (United States, UK, Australia, and New Zealand). None of those other closely allied countries—all of them enjoying and pursuing good relations with India also—has given any hint of their partiality between the irreconcilably different versions of the murder of Nijjar that the Indian and Canadian governments have given.

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