Ex-member of Sikh extremist group invited to Trudeau event

Ex-member of Sikh extremist group invited to Trudeau event

But that detente ended at a later photo-op when the prime minister visited a school to play cricket.

His administration has faced accusations that it is too soft on separatists who support a Sikh independence movement, also called the "Khalistan movement".

Officials in the Prime Minister's Official wouldn't comment on the vetting process that allowed these two invitations to slip through. "Here is a picture from my 2015 Canada visit, when I'd met PM Trudeau and Ella-Grace", PM Modi said in another tweet.

"Oh, there is chaos", Trudeau said, adding that she has three children, aged four, eight and nine, and is quite busy. There he also attended several business tables. Atwal was formerly part of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), which seeks to establish Khalistan, an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region.

In a recently released photo, Atwal was seen posing along with Canadian Prime Minister's wife, Sophie Trudeau.

After this uncomfortable issue was raised, Trudeau's office rescinded Atwal's invitation.

Freeland will be part of the Canadian delegation that will participate in Friday's bilateral parleys.

The first criticism occurred when the Prime Minister arrived in India and many suggested Canada was snubbed because India PM Narendra Modi did not personally welcome the entourage. The Vancouver-born Sarai is one of 14 MPs travelling with Trudeau on his official visit, confirmed CBS News. CBC News reported Sarai invited Jaspal Atwal to a reception in New Delhi on Thursday.

But a statement from a largely unknown backbencher isn't quite enough when a controversy sideswipes an worldwide trip. "Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously". "As soon as we received the information we rescinded it, a Member of Parliament had included this individual", ANI quoted Trudeau as saying.

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But even knowing the origin of the invitation fails to answer other key questions.

While the Canadians took the blame for the presence of Atwal in the country, the Indian government said enquiries were on to figure out how a man convicted of attacking an Indian minister got a visa.

The news is bad for Trudeau.

The embarrassing setbacks, which raise questions about the adequacy of both security and diplomatic preparations for Trudeau's trip, come as Trudeau tries to reassure Indian political leaders that his government repudiates violent Sikh extremism.

Trudeau on Thursday "conveyed his support for a united India" during a meeting with the chief minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh. Singh past year refused to meet him, describing Sajjan as a "Khalistani sympathiser".

Trudeau particularly riled New Delhi a year ago when he attended a parade in Canada at which Sikh militants were feted as heroes. For, given the rising tide of protectionism in the U.S. and Europe, Canada remains the one place that is still open to liberal trade and investment, and free movement of people.

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