Former Indian envoy to Canada Vishnu Prakash on Thursday said that Canada is the only country which provides a platform to Khalistani.
Speaking to ANI, Prakash said,''Welcome visit of Trudeau. Both countries share an important relationship. There is certainly a cloud on our relation due to Khalistan issue. Canada is the only country to provide platform to Khalistanis.''
''99% of Sikhs love Canada & India. There are microscopic percent of Khalistani elements who control Gurudwaras. Money pious Sikhs give goes to them & use it to spread radical agenda & spread hatred towards India,'' Prakash further said.
Meanwhile, a fresh controversy hit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's troubled visit to India on Thursday as reports emerged that a convicted Khalistani terrorist had been invited to an official dinner reception in New Delhi and photographed with the leader's wife. Atwal and three other men were convicted of attempted murder for the 1986 attack on Akali Dal leader Malkiat Singh Sidhu, who was visiting relatives on Vancouver Island at the time.
Canada boasts 17 Sikh members of parliament. Sikhs account for roughly 1.4 percent of Canada's population of 36 million.