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After US NSA, Canadian Defence Minister Raps Pakistan on Terror

Maha Siddiqui | CNN-News18

Updated: April 19, 2017, 6:26 PM IST
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After US NSA, Canadian Defence Minister Raps Pakistan on Terror
Defence Minister of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan receives the guard of honour at South Block in New Delhi on Tuesday. (File File Image: PTI)

New Delhi: For the second time this week Pakistan has been rapped for fomenting trouble in the
region.

After US National Security Advisor HR McMaster, the Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan said the proxy situation in Afghanistan threatens the stability of the region.

Speaking exclusively to News18, Sajjan said, “I realise the regional security challenges. I am aware of the proxy situation in Afghanistan. It is not helpful. Infact it is extremely detrimental.”

This was in response to a question with regards to calling out Pakistan for its role in aiding and abetting terror.

Canada’s Indian-origin Defence Minister, Harjit Singh Sajjan is a decorated military officer himself who has served in Afghanistan.

By his own admission he has had a couple of close brushes with death while serving in the difficult conflict zone. He advocates tackling the root cause of the problem than being engaged in a protracted military combat in Afghanistan.

Sajjan pointed to corruption being a major cause for the youth being sucked into terror outfits and becoming easy baits for recruitment.

Earlier this week on a visit to Afghanistan before heading to Islamabad and New Delhi, US NSA HR McMaster too took a hard line on Pakistan asking it to use diplomacy rather than proxies like the Taliban and violence in pursuing its interests in Afghanistan.

While not getting into the visa and immigration policies of countries like US and Australia that have pushed for a clampdown, Harjit Sajjan lauded Canada’s policy for the integration.

Harjit Sajjan said, “We don't believe there should be any fear of immigration and Canada wants to lead by example.”

Sajjan is one of the four Sikh ministers in the Justin Trudeau cabinet. He moved to Canada as a five-year-old from Hoshiarpur, Punjab with his family.

First Published: April 19, 2017, 6:18 PM IST
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