Harsimrat Badal requests Justin Trudeau to start Amr - Toronto Air Canada flight

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Jaspal Atwal should never have received an invitation to the event, Trudeau told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday, after the incident garnered widespread media attention in both India and Canada.

"There are no current examples of "Sikh extremism" in Canada".

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. "We are in the process of looking into how this occurred", ANI quoted Canada PMO as saying.

"So, we are ascertaining details from our mission".

He added, "About the visa I don't know how it happened".

However, home ministry sources said that his entry into the country was not illegal as he had been taken off the MHA's blacklist after a review by the security agencies and state government a few years ago.

All of them say Canada is a welcome place to do business and their experiences so far have left them wanting more.

The Canada-based businessman was invited to an event in Delhi by the Canadian High Commission in India.

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Canadian and Indian officials scrambled on Thursday to explain how a convicted Sikh extremist was invited to a New Delhi reception for Justin Trudeau, the latest misstep in the Canadian prime minister's bumpy eight-day trip to India. "They have accepted it was an oversight and have withdrawn the invitation".

Balpreet Singh, legal counsel for the World Sikh Organization of Canada, said the Atwal invite was "a major error" that has dredged up old wounds and made life uncomfortable for Sikhs in Canada today.

"The categorical assurance from Trudeau came when Captain Amarinder sought the Canadian Prime Minister's cooperation in cracking down on separatism and hate crime by a fringe element, constituting a miniscule percentage of Canada's population", said the Punjab Chief Minister's office after the meeting.

The dinner invitation was later rescinded by Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel.

But photographs of Atwal flanked by Canadian officials at the Mumbai event attended by Trudeau have thrust the controversy back into the headlines.

The Justin Trudeau visit was unfolding like a scene from a Karan Johar film - complete with the picture-perfect family kitted out in colour-coordinated sequined dresses.

It stated that Atwal has also been photographed in India with Indian-origin Brampton South Liberal MP Sonia Sidhu. During the meet, Trudeau reportedly assured the Punjab CM that Canada does not support any separatist movements. The men ambushed Sidhu during a private trip to Canada and fired shots at his vehicle. Sidhu survived the attempt but was later assassinated in India.

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