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thirty ninth anniversary of Kanishka bombing: India says it stands on the forefront of countering terrorism

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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a query throughout query interval within the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on June 18, 2024.
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India stands on the forefront of countering the menace of terrorism and works carefully with all nations to sort out this international risk, India’s Consulate General in Vancouver has mentioned because it reminded the world of the Kanishka bombing, probably the most heinous terror-related air disasters within the historical past of civil aviation.

The Montreal-New Delhi Air India ‘Kanishka’ Flight 182 exploded 45 minutes earlier than it was to have landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 folks on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent.

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The bombing was blamed on Sikh militants in retaliation to ‘Operation Bluestar’ to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.

The Consulate General of India has deliberate a memorial service to mark the anniversary of the bombing.

“India stands at the forefront of countering the menace of terrorism and works closely with all nations to tackle this global threat,” the Consulate General of India in Vancouver posted on X on June 18.

“23 June 2024 marks the 39th Anniversary of the cowardly terrorist bombing of Air India flight 182 [Kanishka], in which 329 innocent victims, including 86 children, lost their lives in one of the most heinous terror-related air disasters in the history of civil aviation,” it mentioned.

The memorial is scheduled on June 23 on the Air India Memorial at Stanley Park’s Ceperley Playground space in Vancouver.

The Consulate inspired members of the Indian Diaspora to affix the occasion in a present of solidarity in opposition to terrorism.

The memorial service hosted by India comes amid pressure in India’s ties with Canada over the problem of Khalistan terrorists after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged in September final yr of the “potential” involvement of Indian brokers within the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a delegated Sikh terrorist. India has dismissed Mr. Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd and motivated”.

India has been sustaining that the principle challenge between the 2 nations is that of Canada giving area to pro-Khalistan parts working from Canadian soil with impunity.

India has repeatedly conveyed its “deep concerns” to Canada and New Delhi expects Ottawa to take robust motion in opposition to these parts.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Parliament marked the primary anniversary of Nijjar’s loss of life by holding a second of silence within the House of Commons on June 18. He was shot lifeless outdoors a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18 final yr. Canadian police have arrested 4 Indian nationals in reference to the homicide.

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