Ottawa, June 24
The horrific terrorist bombing of Air India flight AI 182 in 1985 revealed to the world the “high cost” that Khalistani terrorism could inflict on mankind, said Indian envoy to Canada paying tribute to 329 victims on the occasion of the 36th anniversary. of the “Kanishka” tragedy.
On Wednesday, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Ajay Bisaria said it was the worst terrorist attack on Canada and no religion, faith or cause can justify such violence.
“The majority of the victims were Canadians, and the bombing was the result of a conspiracy conceived, planned and executed in Canada. It was mainly a Canadian tragedy, a British tragedy, an American tragedy, a global tragedy. Canada should commemorate this day as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. No religion, faith or cause can justify such violence, ”he said.
“This terrible incident has revealed to the world the heavy toll that Khalistani terrorism could inflict on mankind,” he said in his message.
Air India Flight 182 Kanishka Montreal-New Delhi exploded 45 minutes before landing at London Heathrow Airport on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent.
The bombing was blamed on Sikh militants in retaliation for Operation Bluestar to expel the militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.
The Indian envoy, who paid tribute to the victims of the bombing at Commissioner’s Park here, said the most enduring memorial to the victims will once again be dedicated to combating and eradicating terrorism and militancy with a strong determination and joint action.
The High Commissioner also thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his message on the solemn anniversary, which is also recognized in Canada as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. PTI