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Canada envoy cancels dinner invite to Khalistani man

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photograph at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Picture

New Delhi, Feb. 22 (Agencies): Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel has cancelled an invitation that had gone out to a convicted Khalistani terrorist for an official dinner being hosted for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted for trying to kill the then Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986, had been invited to the dinner for Trudeau and his delegation.

”The High Commission has rescinded Mr. Atwal’s invitation. We do not comment of matters relating to the PM's security,” the Canadian High Commission here said.

Trudeau had earlier been criticised for being soft on pro-Khalistan groups in Canada, which has a large Sikh community. Some of his ministers are perceived to be sympathetic to the cause of Khalistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had raised the issue with him during a meeting on Wednesday.

Trudeau assured Singh that his country does not support separatism in India or elsewhere.

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