In a recent interview with the UK-based Financial Times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed claims made by the US regarding an alleged Indian connection to a foiled assassination plot against designated Indian terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Modi responded by expressing India’s willingness to investigate any evidence presented, affirming that such incidents would not overshadow the strong ties between the US and India.
“If someone gives us any information, we would definitely look into it,” stated PM Modi, emphasizing India’s commitment to the rule of law and its readiness to examine the actions of its citizens, whether positive or negative.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, designated an ‘individual terrorist’ by the Government of India in July 2020, has been actively using social media to incite Punjab-based gangsters and youth to advocate for the independent state of Khalistan. These activities, revealed through NIA investigations, pose a direct challenge to the sovereignty, integrity, and security of the nation.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has had Pannun under scrutiny since 2019, marking its first case against him as part of their anti-terror operations.
Beyond addressing the specific case, Prime Minister Modi highlighted concerns about extremist activities. He underscored India’s deep apprehension regarding certain extremist groups operating overseas, citing their misuse of freedom of expression to perpetrate intimidation and incite violence. These elements, under the guise of free speech, have been engaged in actions contrary to peace and stability, as reported by Financial Times.
Modi’s response not only reflects India’s commitment to upholding the rule of law but also showcases the nation’s vigilance against extremist forces that threaten the country’s security and stability. The Prime Minister’s assertion of investigating any evidence presented underlines India’s proactive stance in addressing such critical issues while maintaining diplomatic relationships with other nations.