Modi raises the issue of Khalistani activities in Canada with Justin Trudeau

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“The issues, which are of common concern, were discussed. Extremism and terrorism are problems that affect not only India, but all parts of the world. No country, unfortunately, is left untouched. So, there were a number of issues of mutual concern that were discussed’’. Ministry of External Affairs

TORONTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg in Germany last week, raised the issue of pro-Khalistan activities in Canada. The presence of Trudeau earlier this year at the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan where Khalistani flags and posters of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale were raised, had irked India which protested to Ottawa about the participation of Trudeau in the event.

Whether Modi specifically raised this issue with Trudeau in Hamburg, India Today quoted a spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as saying, “The issues, which are of common concern, were discussed. Extremism and terrorism are problems that affect not only India, but all parts of the world. No country, unfortunately, is left untouched. So, there were a number of issues of mutual concern that were discussed”.

India has also protested against the passing of a motion by the Ontario provincial parliament, calling the 1984 anti-Sikh riots ‘genocide’. This issue was with raised by Indian defence and fi nance minister ArunJaitley with defence minister Harjit Sajjan when he visited India. In fact, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh then went to the extent of calling the Sikh cabinet ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet Khalistani `sympathisers’ and refused to meet Sajjan during his visit to Punjab. Modi had visited Canada in 2015 – the fi rst visit by an Indian prime minister since Indira Gandhi. Trudeau is scheduled to visit India later this year.

 

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