At a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was questioned about claims that the FBI has warned Sikh leaders in the US about credible threats against them and that intelligence about the killing was shared among the Five Eyes, an alliance for intelligence-sharing.
‘Five Eyes’ network is an intelligence alliance consisting of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It is both surveillance-based and signals intelligence (SIGINT).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had on September 18 made an explosive allegation of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, in Surrey in British Columbia on June 18.
He was then asked about Canadians providing documents to India that purported to show evidence that Indian officials in Canada were aware of the attack on Nijjar.
“Are you saying the Canadians gave us documents,” Jaishankar asked.
“I have said that if somebody gives us specific or relevant information, we are prepared to look at it,” he added.
When asked again if he had not received those intercepted communications from Canada, Jaishankar replied, “If I had, would I not be looking at it?”