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US awaits India’s probe ends in Khalistani chief Pannun’s assassination plot

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The US is ready for the outcomes of India’s investigation into claims that an Indian official was concerned in a plot to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh separatist chief, in America.

Final November, US federal prosecutors charged Nikhil Gupta, an Indian nationwide, with working alongside an Indian authorities worker to attempt to kill Pannun in New York. Pannun, who is needed in India for terror expenses, holds citizenship in each the US and Canada.

Gupta was arrested within the Czech Republic in June final yr and was extradited to the US on June 14. The US is now eager to see the findings of India’s investigation.

“They (Indian officers) have introduced that they’re conducting an inquiry, and we’ll stay up for the outcomes of that inquiry,” mentioned State Division Spokesperson Matthew Miller on Wednesday (26).

Miller was responding to a query a few letter from US senators to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, questioning the alleged involvement of the Indian authorities in an assassination try on a US citizen on American soil.

In response to those accusations, India arrange a particular committee to research the knowledge offered by the US concerning the plot.

“We are going to reply to these members privately as we all the time do. I gained’t converse to that right here. However as pertains to the opposite problem, when this problem first arose, we made clear that we had raised it with the federal government of India and informed them that we anticipated there to be a full investigation,” Miller added.

Throughout a digital media briefing on Wednesday (26) about his and US Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan’s go to to India final week, US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell mentioned that the US has persistently pressed India for updates on the investigation and made clear that it seeks accountability.

“We’ve got had constructive dialogue with India on this subject and I might say that they’ve been conscious of our issues,” Campbell mentioned. “We’ve made clear that we search accountability from the Authorities of India and now we have persistently requested for updates on the Indian committee of inquiry’s investigations,” he added.

“We raised this problem immediately with the Indian authorities on the most senior ranges between our two sides,” Campbell mentioned, responding to a query about whether or not the ‘murder-for-hire’ plot concentrating on Pannun was mentioned throughout conferences with Indian counterparts.

When requested concerning the Lok Sabha elections in India, Miller mentioned, “In the case of the Indian elections, now we have been fairly clear on behalf of america authorities that we have fun what was the most important train of democracy within the historical past of the world. It was a rare achievement. And with regards to the end result of the election, we clearly take no facet. That’s a query for the individuals of India to determine.”


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