Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Jaspal Atwal should not have been ‘invited’
The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India all this long has been centered around whether he is soft towards the Khalistani elements in Canada and even as he repeated many times over that he supports the idea of a United India, a controversy finally erupted all over again.
It need be mentioned that India on Thursday said that it is ascertaining details about how convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal got a visa to India.
This as the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau admitted that he should never have received the invitation to the official dinner as the incident made headlines.
It need be mentioned however that the Canadian side has clarified that the invitation has been withdrawn.
Atwal, who was photographed with Trudeau’s wife at an event in Mumbai on February 20, and three other men was convicted of the attempted murder for the 1986 attack on Akali Dal leader and minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island.
Earlier, Canadian authorities said the invitation to Atwal to the dinner reception to be hosted by Canadian high commissioner Nadir Patel for Trudeau at the envoy’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday night had been withdrawn.
Trudeau is also facing criticism for other aspects of his visit, including a number of events that have been described as photo opportunities with no substantive outcomes.
Only half a day of the eight-day trip has been set aside for official engagements such as talks with Modi.>