Former militant Jaspal Atwal apologises to Trudeau for causing 'embarrassment'

Former militant Jaspal Atwal apologises to Trudeau for causing 'embarrassment'

Former militant Jaspal Atwal apologises to Trudeau for causing 'embarrassment'

Atwal, convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian politician, dwelt on two themes during his Thursday Vancouver media event: his remorse for his crime and to clarify how he managed to appear at so many official functions while Trudeau was in India.

The dinner invitation to Atwal by the Canadian authorities during the visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had caused a major uproar.

Sarai, meanwhile, has been stripped of his responsibilities within the Liberal caucus. "No one at any point indicated there would be any issue", said Atwal.

Gill was asked why he'd hold a press conference if Atwal wouldn't answer questions.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said in a Facebook post Thursday that the theory that Atwal was a plant has been thoroughly refuted and that "Justin Trudeau is failing to be honest with Canadians about the Atwal affair".

About mid-way through the trip, photos emerged of Atwal posing with Gregoire Trudeau at a reception at the same time it was reported that Atwal was on the invite list for the upcoming reception.

As per news report by The Star, Jaspal Atwal said, "I had assumed there would be no problem". "It was no more controversial than that".

Canada-based Sikh separatist Jaspal Atwal has said that he was "shocked and devastated" to know that his presence at a Mumbai event last month had such repercussions for the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and apologised for the embarrassment caused.

Atwal said he has been photographed with many politicians of all parties. The four were sentenced to 20 years in prison for what the judge described as "an act of terrorism".

"He doesn't know why, at this point, he's being labelled a terrorist... given these acts occurred nearly four decades ago", says Gill. He also said he no longer advocates for an independent Sikh nation.

Gill said there's a secondary issue at play in this news story and that is "an obsession with some members of the media, particular members, with a struggle between militants who cause great violence from the Sikh community in India and here, and the Indian government, that occurred, I'm 51 this year and that occurred when I was in Grade 10".

Sources had told this newspaper earlier that the name of Atwal was apparently removed from a "blacklist" earlier by the MHA as part of the outreach policy to now-moderate elements which resulted in Atwal being able to get an Indian visa.

Atwal went on say that since his parole he has been engaged broadly in politics on behalf of the Indo-Canadian community, and visited India numerous times including three visits over the past year, each time with the full permission of the Indian government.

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