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Fresh row between India, Canada; over Jaspal Atwal’s invite

The invite to the convicted terrorist Jaspal Atwal to the reception dinner of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had sparked off tension between India and Canada

The invite to the convicted terrorist Jaspal Atwal to the reception dinner of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had sparked off tension between India and Canada.

But now fresh controversy has erupted after the Canadian premiere Justin Trudeau appeared to be backing the conspiracy theories in case of presence of Jaspal Atwal during his visit to India.

It need be mentioned that Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has reiterated that neither the government nor the security agencies had anything to do with the presence of Canada-based Khalistani activist at the event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner in Mumbai.

It need be recalled that Atwal was convicted in the attempted murder of a Punjab Minister in 1986.

But even then he was invited to two events organised for Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Though, the invite was cancelled after media exposed it to the world.

Some elements in Canada then began to suggest that Atwal’s presence was an attempt by “rogue” elements in the Indian establishment to embarrass Trudeau on the issue of Sikh separatist activity on Canadian soil.

And while speaking in the Parliament on the issue on Tuesday, Trudeau did not refute the conspiracy theory.

This even as the Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Randeep S. Sarai took responsibility for inviting Atwal to Trudeau’s reception dinner in New Delhi.

The MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Government of India including the security agencies had nothing to do with the presence of Jaspal Atwal at the said event.

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