Who is Jaspal Atwal? Why this convicted Khalistani terrorist from Canada is making news in India?

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February 22, 2018 7:22 PM

Jaspal Atwal was convicted for trying to kill the then Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986.

Jaspal Atwal is grabbing headlines in India. (Photo from ANI)

Jaspal Atwal is grabbing headlines in India. He became a talking point soon after Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel cancelled tonight’s dinner invitation to Jaspal Atwal. Nadir Patel was hosting the dinner for the visiting Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his delegation. Jaspal Atwal is a convicted Khalistani terrorist. Here are things to know Jaspal Atwal:-

– Jaspal Atwal was convicted for trying to kill the then Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986.

– “The High Commission has rescinded Mr.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 said on Thursday. The cancellation comes at a time when Justin Trudeau’s pro-Khalistan approach is being criticised by many including Punjab CM

– About Atwal, MEA said it is ascertaining details from its mission on convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal getting a visa.

– A controversy broke out after Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel invited Jaspal Atwal for a dinner which he was hosting for the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation on Thrusday night. Now, the invitation to Atwal has been cancelled.

– According to the latest report, Jaspal Atwal no longer figures in the Home Ministry’s blacklist of Sikh extremists. The central government time-to-time reviews the blacklist of the Sikh extremists. The review of the blacklist is done in consultation with the Punjab govt and central security agencies.

– Canadian MP Randeep S. Sarai has taken responsibility for inviting pro-Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal to PM Trudeau’s reception dinner in New Delhi.

– The names of nearly 150 wanted terrorists and their aides were removed from the blacklist in the last few years.

– When Atwal was convicted of an attempt to murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986, he was a Sikh separatist active in the banned International Sikh Youth Federation. Sidhu was shot at twice on a road and survived, but was later assassinated in India.

– A judge called it an act of terrorism and sentenced Jaspal Atwal and three others to 20 years in prison.

– It is yet to be known how Atwal got an Indian visa and why he was cleared to attend official events in India.

-Canadian Minister for Science and Sports Kirsty Duncan has said, “He should have not been invited.” Her comments came while reacting to the controversy surrounding the invitation to Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s dinner reception.

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