Justin Trudeau and his family’s India trip ended on a good note, but it would have been even better if Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal wouldn’t have been invited to two of the official events hosted for the Trudeau family in India. The issue got worse when photos of Trudeau’s wife, Sophie, posing with the terrorist surfaced only and it obviously left the prime minister furious. During a press conference, Trudeau firmly said that strict action will be taken against the person who invited Atwal to the two events.
Jaspal Atwal was convicted of attempting to kill an Indian minister in 1986 in Canada and was sentenced to 20 years or jail. Trudeau said that his government will take it seriously because Atwal shouldn’t have received an invitation in the first place. Randeep Sarai, a Canadian minister of parliament, came forward and took the entire blame for Atwal also invited. He solely facilitated Atwal’s desire to be invited to the events. Sarai said that he should have judged better and takes complete responsibility for the event. The Indian external affairs ministry is currently investigating how Atwal even got an Indian visa since he is banned from entering the country.
Raveesh Kumar, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said that it was an oversight by the Canadians but they will find out exactly how he got the visa. Atwal is a part of a banned extremist group called International Sikh Youth Federation, who convicted for trying to murder Malkiat Singh Sidhu, a Punjab minister, in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986. A judge dealing with the case had called it an act of terrorism.
Questions raised by Punjab CM
Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM, asked Trudeau about the whole situation during their meeting and the Canadian PM assured that his government doesn’t support Khalistan in any way.