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Canadian Defence Minister begins week-long visit to India

Canadian Defence Minister begins week-long visit to India

It also asserted that Canada greatly values its relationship with the people and the government of Punjab, and look forward to further advancing this relationship.

SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar informed that the Canadian Defence Minister will be "Siropa" (robe of honour), shawl, sword, model of sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandir Sahib and a set of religious books during his visit on April 20.

Sajjan, who immigrated to Canada from India with his family when he was five years old, is arriving in India today on a seven-day official visit to discuss defence and security cooperation, trade culture and innovation.

The Opposition parties hit out at the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday for terming Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan a "Khalistani sympathiser", saying it reflected Amarinder Singh's "vindictiveness" towards Punjabis living overseas.

In his native Punjab, Sajjan is expected to visit the Golden Temple and meet with representatives of civil society organisations.

Two former Sikh soldiers, but no common groundIndia's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, right, speaks with then former chief minister of Punjab state Captain Amarinder Singh during an election rally at in Chabal some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

Even as he lashed out at critics, within India, of his "Khalistani sympathizer" remarks against the Canadian Defence Minister, Capt Amarinder reiterated that Sajjan, and several other ministers and top leaders in Canada, were sympathizing with those indulging in anti-India activities, notwithstanding Canada's claims to the contrary.

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One can take a lesson from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On April 18 evening, he will address a press conference in New Delhi.

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Those criticizing Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh were playing into the hands of anti-Indian forces, which were out to destroy the secular fabric of the nation, said Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders Ravneet Bittu and Gurjit Aujla, in a statement issued here on Monday.

"There is no question of insulting a Punjabi or a Sikh in stating a fact about political leanings and inclinations of a particular leader just because he happens to be a Punjabi or a Sikh", they said and strongly supported Amarinder's stand in refusing to meet Sajjan.


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