Makes similar appeal to Canadian govt also
Chandigarh, September 21, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today appealed to home minister Amit Shah to take necessary steps to ensure a quick resolution of the dispute with Canada stating Punjabis were in a state of panic due to deteriorating relations between the two countries. He made a similar appeal to the Canadian government too separately.
Briefing the home minister in the former’s office during a meeting in parliament, the SAD president informed Mr Amit Shah that he was receiving distress calls from Punjabis in Canada who were worried about safe and smooth travel facilities to their homeland. He said similarly students were apprehensive about their future. “There is a sense of panic and both governments should find a solution to this crisis as soon as possible”, Mr Badal asserted.
Later talking to newsmen, Mr Sukhbir Badal said the home minister had assured to look into the issue.
Mr Badal also expressed deep concern over the suspension of visa services for Canadian nationals to India, saying it affected lakhs of Punjabis residing overseas including nationals of Indian origin as well as students.
“This is set to create great hurdles, uncertainty and anxiety for Punjabis especially to members of the most patriotic community of the Sikhs who have not only made unparalleled sacrifices for the freedom of the country but also for fighting off foreign aggression in borders”. He said visa facility hurdles would particularly hit the youth who go to Canada in thousands as students every year and who are now residing there.