Jaspal Atwal issues statement about India scandal

  • Jaspal Atwal issues statement about India scandal

Jaspal Atwal issues statement about India scandal

Convicted Khalistan terrorist Jaspal Atwal, who stirred controversy by causing embarrassment to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his recent visit to India, apologised on Thursday and said that he does not "advocate for an independent Sikh nation". Atwal said this was not his first visit to India since his release from custody, adding he travelled to his homeland twice in 2017.

The Canadian high commission had then swiftly withdrawn the invitation extended to Atwal. However, on Friday, MEA said India has nothing against him as of now to prohibit his entry.

Sources told the DH that the Ministry of Home Affairs maintained a "black-list" of "undesirable elements" and people on the roll generally found it very hard to get a visa to visit India.

"The Government of India has a conscious policy of outreach to the Indian Diaspora, including misguided elements who in the past may have harboured anti-India sentiments which they have since renounced", said Kumar.

Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was photographed with Atwal at a dinner reception in Mumbai.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation later quoted an unnamed "senior official" of Trudeau Government suggesting that "rogue political elements in India" might have "orchestrated the embarrassing invitation" to Atwal to make Ottawa appear sympathetic to Khalistani Sikh extremism.

The man convicted of attempted murder who ended up on the guest list for a couple of events featuring the prime minister in India is offering his take.

February 21: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts to reassure Indian political leaders that his government repudiates violent Sikh extremism suffers an embarrassing setback with the revelation that Atwal - a Canadian Sikh convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 - has been invited to attend events with the prime minister during Trudeau's visit to India.

The lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an "obsession" with his client and criticized a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal questions during a press conference. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), had said that following the completion of his sentence, Atwal's name was removed from the blacklist of people who were forbidden from entering India.

He added, "I am sorry for any embarrassment this matter has caused to Canada, India, my community and my family". India is my homeland. The photograph was reportedly clicked during an event in Mumbai during Trudeau's visit to the Indian Subcontinent.

"Other politicians from all parties have been more than happy to reach out to Mr. Atwal, specifically, and have given him no cause to think that this would be an issue".