Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cancelled a dinner invite Jaspal Atwal, who is a convicted Khalistani terrorist. The dinner reception was scheduled in Delhi on Thursday, February 22. The cancellation came after a photograph of Atwal posing with the Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Trudeau in Mumbai surfaced.
Jaspal Atwal was convicted of the attempted murder of Punjab minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986. He was one of four men who ambushed & shot at Sidhu’s car.
Jaspal Atwal was convicted of the attempted murder of Punjab minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986, he was one of four men who ambushed & shot at Sidhu’s car. (Pic: Invite to Jaspal Atwal for dinner with Canadian PM JustinTrudeau, Source: CBC News) pic.twitter.com/dqZpWEwgls
Trudeau, along with his six ministers, met Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Wednesday. The meeting between both leaders lasted for an hour.
Jaspal Atwal, a convicted Khalistani terrorist who was active in the banned Int’l Sikh Youth Federation, photographed w/Canadian PM’s wife Sophie Trudeau at an event in Mumbai on 20 Feb. He was also invited for formal dinner with Canadian PM, invite being rescinded now (CBC News) pic.twitter.com/pT7P3eLq1L.
Captain Singh handed Trudeau a list of nine Canada-based operatives allegedly involved in promoting radicalism here as the Khalistan issue featured prominently in the talks between the two leaders.
Chief Minister Singh submitted a list of nine Canada-based operatives alleged to be involved in target-killings and other hate crimes in Punjab, including financing and supplying of weapons for terrorist activities, an official said. He urged Trudeau to initiate stern action against such elements.
The Canadian premier assured the Punjab chief minister that his country did not support any separatist movement in India or elsewhere, said Raveen Thukral, the chief minister s media advisor..