Punjab chief minister raises ‘Khalistan’ issue in meeting with Canadian premiere
The much awaited meeting of the Canadian prime minister Justine Trudeau and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh came about on Wednesday.
The Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan also accompanied the premiere Trudeau today.
The issue of Khalistan came up for discussion.
Punjab chief Minister Singh said that he gave a list of nine Category ‘A’ Canada-based operatives alleged to be involved in hate crimes in Punjab.
Trudeau assured Amarinder that his country did not support any separatist movement in India or elsewhere.
The categorical assurance from Trudeau came when Amarinder sought the Canadian Prime Minister’s cooperation in cracking down on separatism and hate crime by a fringe element, constituting a minuscule percentage of Canada’s population.
Citing the separatist movement in Quebec, Trudeau said he had dealt with such threats all his life and was fully aware of the dangers of violence.
The meeting is said to have lasted forty minutes.
During the meeting, Amarinder called for cooperation between India and Canada on the issues of terrorism, crime and drugs. >
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