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Canada slams glorification of Sikh militants

April 29, 2007 17:29 IST

Taking serious note of a recent Sikh parade in which a militant was glorified, Canada has said that it would not allow such unlawful activities that hurt friendly relations with India.

"Canada obviously does not tolerate any kind of glorification of violence, or of terrorism or banned terrorist organisations," a spokesman of the federal government said, adding, "There may have been evidence of those things at a (recent) Sikh parade event at Surrey and we have taken note of them. Federal government is monitoring the issue."

Surrey City Mayor has warned that the city administration will not allow unlawful activities of Sikh militants that hurt relations between India and Canada.

The city administration has been directed to conduct thorough review of the public events before granting permission to them, Dianne Watts said.

"We need to make sure that we are aware of what content is going into the parade," Watts said, adding, "I think we need to be more vigilant in terms of what that looks like."

Surrey's Baisakhi parade on April seven displayed pictures of Talwinder Singh Parmar, the prime suspect in Kanishka bombing case who died during the trial. The bombing of the Air India's Kanishka flight in 1985 had left all 329 people on board dead.

"We have to make sure all politicians, from the prime minister to the premier, all the legislators and parliamentarian will have a level of comfort that we have done due diligence in terms of content in all parades," Watts observed.

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