Who is Jaspal Atwal? Here are 5 facts about the Khalistani Terrorist in stir over Justin Trudeau event invite

A convicted Khalistani terrorist, Jaspal Atwal, stirred a fresh controversy after being invited to a formal dinner with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner.

Published: 22nd February 2018 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2018 08:06 AM   |  A+A-

Convicted Khalistani terrorist, Jaspal Atwal (ANI)

By Online Desk

A convicted Khalistani terrorist, Jaspal Atwal, today stirred a fresh controversy after being invited to a formal dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner. However, the invite was later withdrawn by the commission.

Earlier, Atwal had posed with Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau at an event in Mumbai on February 20, during the family's visit to India.

Here are five facts about the Khalistani terrorist:

  1. Jaspal Atwal was part of the pro-Khalistan outfit International Sikh Youth Federation. The group was one of the key players in the movement for Khalistan and was banned in Canada.

  2. Atwal was convicted of attempting to murder Punjab minister and Akali Dal leader, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island, Canada in 1986.

  3. Even before the 1986 attack in Canada, Atwal made a name for being notorious after allegedly beating up Ujjal Dosanjh, the former leader of British Columbia, reported Vancouver Sun. However, he was not convicted.

  4. Atwal is a partisan activist in British Columbia and previously held a leadership position in Surrey with the Liberal Party of Canada, according to Canadian media.

  5. In 2011, Atwal lost a USD 22,000 decision against the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia in regards to a car fraud ring that involved many people, said a National Post report. Amid these allegations of fraud, he stirred a controversy the following year by showing up to Budget Day in Victoria.

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