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Amid ‘Atwal’ row; Canada Parl to move motion supporting Indian unity

opposition in the Canadian Parliament is now bent on moving a motion

The controversial invite to the Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal to Canadian High Commission’s event for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just does not seem to phase out.

After what appeared to be a hint that even Canadian premiere is of the view that certain rogue elements in the Indian government may have facilitated the invitation to Atwal, the Canadian politics is on the storm.

The opposition in the Canadian Parliament is now bent on moving a motion to support India’s unity and condemn Khalistani separatists.

The issue

snowballed into a major issue

in Canadian parliament on Tuesday after Trudeau’s national security advisor alleged that the invitation to Atwal was arranged by some elements in the Indian government to sabotage Trudeau’s India visit.

With India rejecting the allegations as “baseless and unacceptable”, the opposition Conservative Party on Wednesday asked Trudeau to respond to India’s rebuttal.

Calling the allegations against India “bizarre”, opposition Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer asked Trudeau as to whether the Prime Minister has some proof for his conspiracy theory.

The Opposition party is moving a motion in parliament on Thursday to condemn Khalistani separatists and pledge support to India’s unity.

According to reports, the motion states that “That the House: (a) values the contributions of Canadian Sikhs and Canadians of Indian origin in our national life; (b)Condemn in the strongest terms all forms of terrorism, including Khalistani extremism and the glorification of any individuals who have committed acts of violence to advance the cause of an independent Khalistani state in India; and (c) Stand with a united India.”

It will however be interesting to see how Trudeau and many Sikh MPs of his party respond to the motion.

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