Govt ascertaining details convicted Jaspal Atwal got visa: MEA

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's India visit along with his family was surrounded in a controversy after his wife, Sophie Trudeau, was photographed with a Khalistani terrorist, Jaspal Atwal.

Five days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in India fir his first-ever state visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today finally posted his welcome message on Twitter, saying he is looking forward to meeting him on Friday.

In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the two leaders "had wide ranging discussions on strengthening relations in trade and investment, security and cyber security, energy, people to people contacts and other relevant bilateral and regional issues".

Jaspal Atwal told Canada's Postmedia network that he did not plan to attend Thursday's dinner, which was being hosted by Canada's high commissioner, as he is in Mumbai on business. Meanwhile, Canadian MP Randeep S Sarai took responsibility for inviting Atwal to Trudeau's Dehli reception dinner. "As soon as we received the info we rescinded it, a member of Parliament had included this individual", said Trudeau.

"And, it was my daughter, who had made it for my youngest son", the wife of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said with a proud smile. "We will have to see how this happened", he said adding they would also go into whether he got an e-visa or otherwise. "How he (Atwal) got the visa - whether by way of e visa or visa on arrival - is something we are trying to ascertain", said Kumar.

After that in Mumbai, economic and financial heart of India, hwe talked with stars and representatives of the national film industry to explore opportunities in this field. Some of these events saw open and visible participation by formations banned as terrorist in Canada, such as the Babbar Khalsa Inernational and the International Sikh Youth Federation; and were also platforms of radicalising hate speech and the open hagiography and iconization of terrorists guilty of mass murder.

However, the MHA clarified that Atwal no longer figures in its blacklist of Sikh extremists. The men ambushed Sidhu during a private trip to Canada and fired shots at his auto. Foreign ministry sources said the chances were that he entered on an e-visa and cleared immigration because, according to the home ministry, Atwal was not on any black list.

Sidhu was struck twice and survived the attempt on his life, but was later assassinated in India. There are reports that suggest that Trudeau was also somewhat reluctant to meet with the chief minister, given the previous snub to his defence minister. Let's play smart and leverage India's huge market, growing global status and people-to-people ties between India and Canada to get Ottawa to see things our way.

BJP Subramanian Swamy said explanation is needed from both the Indian government and the Canadian counterparts. Trudeau meets PM Narendra Modi tomorrow.


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