A Timeline of Events in the Jaspal Atwal Affair

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A Timeline of Events in the Jaspal Atwal Affair


A timeline of events in the Jaspal Atwal affair

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OTTAWA - Controversy has swirled since a man who was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 showed up at a reception for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in India last month. Here is a timeline of events in the Jaspal Atwal affair:

Feb. 21: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts to reassure Indian political leaders that his government repudiates violent Sikh extremism suffers an embarrassing setback with the revelation that Atwal -- a Canadian Sikh convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 -- has been invited to attend events with the prime minister during Trudeau's visit to India. A photo emerges of Atwal posing with Trudeau's wife at a reception in Mumbai.

Feb. 22: An invitation for Atwal to a reception in New Delhi is rescinded by the Prime Minister's Office.

Feb. 23: A senior Canadian official with knowledge of security issues says Canadian authorities believe it was no accident that Atwal was suddenly allowed into India and was able to make his way onto the guest list for two receptions with Trudeau. The official, speaking to a briefing arranged by the PMO on the condition of anonymity, says the suggestion has been made that Atwal's presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who refuse to believe there is no risk posed to a united India by Sikh separatists living abroad.

Feb. 24: Trudeau travels back to Canada. …

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