India has suspended issue of visas to Canadian citizens “till further notice”. A notice by BLS International – an online visa application centre – said “Due to operational reasons… Indian visa services have been suspended till further notice”.
This comes as India and Canada are locked in a row over Ottawa’s claim it has “credible allegations” linking agents of New Delhi to the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a pro-Khalistan Sikh terrorist.
India has rejected the allegation as “absurd” and “motivated”.
It is not yet clear if this suspension of visas is, in fact, linked to that row or is just a technical issue.
The row over Nijjar’s killing – he was shot dead in Canada’s Vancouver in June – comes after the issue of Khalistani terrorists operating in that country was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Delhi.