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Invitation to convicted Sikh extremist to Trudeau event in India rescinded

Invitation to convicted Sikh extremist to Trudeau event in India rescinded

Trudeau arrived here on Friday on an eight-day visit to India.

ALSO READ: Who is Jaspal Atwal? He was also associated with the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), which is charged with bombing the Montreal-Delhi Air India flight in 1985, which killed 329 people.

After his meeting Wednesday with Singh, Trudeau reiterated his position that Canada supports a united India and absolutely condemns violence for any cause, but will not crack down on those advocating peacefully for an independent Sikh state because that is a freedom of speech issue.

Back in Canada, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will tout his government's Innovation Superclusters Initiative during a mid-morning panel discussion at the University of Regina that will, as per the advisory, give him the opportunity to "highlight the potential" of the program, as well as "discuss next steps".

What are the cases against Atwal?

The minister was hit twice but survived the attack.

More recently, in 2010, Atwal was found to have been part of an automobile fraud ring that cheated the Insurance Corporation of B.C.by falsely reporting vehicles as stolen, changing their identification numbers and re-selling them.

"Atwal is a partisan activist in British Columbia and previously held a leadership position in Surrey with the Liberal Party of Canada", the report added.

Now, what is the latest controversy? Both sides are also expected to deliberate on enhancing cooperation in civil nuclear sector. Blundering around in his overly formal Indian outfits, inviting an alleged terrorist to dinner, Trudeau made of this important trip a bad - and potentially rather costly - joke.

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"This shows incredibly poor judgment by the prime minister and is a major setback to our relationship with India and reputation around the world", O'Toole said.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this controversy for the Canadian delegation is that it was self-inflicted.

So, despite such serious charges, how is he in India? At the time, former premier Christy Clark claimed she'd been unaware of Atwal's background.

Atwal was previously on the MHA blacklist of Sikh extremists but his name was removed during a periodical review.

Canada PMO clarified that his invitation has been rescinded. "We are in the process of looking into how this occurred", ANI quoted Canada PMO as saying.

He said if Canadian politicians stop pandering to separatists and going to their events, the Khalistan movement will die quickly.

Trudeau particularly riled New Delhi past year when he attended a parade in Canada at which Sikh militants were feted as heroes.

However, speaking out on the issue, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Thursday said that obviously, we take this extremely seriously.

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