“Kanishka attack was an act of terror against humanity,” said Indian civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri

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“Kanishka attack was an act of terror against humanity,” said Indian civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Indian civil aviation diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri gave tributes to the martyrs of the 1985 terrorist bombing of Air India flight 182, the Kanishka, at a monument in Toronto, and made a pointed mention to some parts in Canadian diplomacies.

“Those who still waffle about the true nature of Kanishka bombardment, need to introspect and unequivocally punish this cruelty,” he told HT. He added such people were “doing a great disservice to memory of the victims…Let there be no ambiguity. This was a cruel act of terror.” That terrorist attack declared 329 lives, the majority of whom were Canadian residents or permanent inhabitants.

These spiked comments came even as the Federal campaign for the October 21 votes in the country is in development. Puri met members of families of martyrs at the memorial in Humber Bay Park. “This continues one of the most cowardly and guilty acts of terror against humankind” and the “largest mass assassination in Canadian records,” he continued.

Mr. Puri is the first Indian diplomat to fly to Canada in nearly 16 months, a sign of the uneasy alliance, between the two nations, especially due to the Khalistan problem, something which New Delhi believes Ottawa has remained soft on. Mr. Puri is programmed to respond to Delhi on the inaugural nonstop flight between Toronto and the capital and attaching to Amritsar.