KHALISTANI TERRORIST SEEN WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU WIFE : CANADA MEDIA
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself in a potentially embarrassing situation after media reported that a convicted Khalistani separatist, Jaspal Atwal, was photographed his wife Sophie Trudeau at an event in Mumbai on February 20.
Multiple Canadian media outlets carried photographs showing Atwal, who was convicted of attempting to murder a former minister of the state of Punjab, standing along with Sophie Trudeau. They also reported that he had also been extended an invitation to a dinner organised for Justin Trudeau at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi.
In addition, the former Khalistan militant was also photographed in the company of the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi at the same event. 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. News agency ANI published the same photos and confirmed the existence of the dinner invite.
However, the invite was in the process of being rescinded, Canadian media outlet CBC reported. Atwal, a former member of the banned militant group International Sikh Youth Federation, was found guilty for attempting to murder Malkiat Singh Sidhu, the then Punjab planning minister, in 1986. (The International Sikh Youth Federation aims to establish an independent homeland for the Sikhs of India in Khalistan.) According to Canadian media reports, Atwal and three other men were each sentenced to 20 years in jail in April 1987 for attempting to assassinate Sidhu on a road near Gold river on Vancouver Island in British Columbia in 1986.
Jaspal Atwal's photograph with Sophie Trudeau comes at time when questions are being raised in India over Justin Truduea's perceived 'softness' in dealing with pro-Khalistan groups. In his meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Trudeau is reported to have said that his government does not support violent extremism of any kind.
Trudeau also reiterated Canada's support for a "united India" during a speech in Mumbai earlier this week.