‘Denial of Canadian visa to military, IB men unacceptable’

Sending a stern message, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today termed as "entirely unacceptable" the reasons cited for denial of visa by Canada to several serving and retired Indian military and intelligence personnel.

Bangalore: Sending a stern message, External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna today termed as "entirely
unacceptable" the reasons cited for denial of visa by Canada
to several serving and retired Indian military and
intelligence personnel and asked it to address the situation
"appropriately".

"We have conveyed to the Canadian government that the
letter issued by the Canadian High Commission to serving or
retired officials of our security forces and agencies who had
applied for Canadian visa are entirely unacceptable," External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters here.

"India is a democracy. As institutions function under the
Constitution of India, we are proud of our security forces and
agencies and the services they render to the nation," he said.

Making it clear that India wanted early action, he said,
"We expect the Canadian authorities to address the situation
appropriately".

The Canadian High Commission in Delhi, over the last few
years, has denied visas to a number of senior serving and
retired officials of the armed forces and intelligence
establishment, claiming that their organisations or they
themselves have served in sensitive areas like Jammu and
Kashmir and engaged in violence and human rights violations.

Home Secretary G K Pillai has written a strongly-worded
letter to Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, insisting that the
MEA should act tough and seek apology from the High Commission
and withdrawal of the officials who made the adverse comments
against the security forces, sources said.

PTI

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