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Canadian High Commission invites Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal to Justin Trudeau event, sparks row



Two invitations extended to Jaspal Atwal, a man convicted for the attempted murder of a Punjab Minister in 1986 and a member of banned outfit International Sikh Youth Federation, to events alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have triggered a massive row in India. While the first invite was for a reception hosted in Mumbai that saw Bollywood megastars like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan alongside the Trudeau family on February 20, the second invite was for an event in New Delhi on Thursday. while Atwal attended the first reception in Mumbai, the invitation to the second event has now been withdrawn, reports said.

Controversy erupted after photographs showed Atwal posing with the Canadian PM’s wife, Sophie Trudeau, as well as the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. The invite for the second event has now been withdrawn, Canada’s CBS News quoted PMO spokeswoman, Eleanore Catenaro as saying. “I can confirm that the High Commission is in the process of rescinding Mr. Atwal’s invitation.” The Canadian High Commission also issued a statement confirming that they are rescinding Jaspal Atwal’s invitation. The High Commission also stated that they wish not to comment on a matter which relates to the PM Justin Trudeau’s security.

According to CBC News, the banned outfit member was present at the event where Justin Trudeau was also present. News agency ANI today put out photographs of Atwal with the Canadian PM’s wife. At the event, Jaspal Atwal was also seen with the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi.

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