Pro-Pakistani demonstrators have ben following Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi around since she arrived?
Pro-Pakistani demonstrators have ben following Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi around since she arrived in Canada on Sunday, (17 June) for an official eight-day visit.
Security arrangements have bene increased following two incidents during Mrs. Gandhi's stay in Toronto. In the first on Wednesday (20 June), a man disguised as a waiter at an official dinner, rushed at Mrs. Gandhi shouting "You shall pay for your sins" and unfurling a protest poster. The man, described by the police as a "Maoist", was taken away and charged with common Assault. Later the same day another man carrying a placard lunged at Mrs. Gandhi and Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Pierre Trudeau, as they were stepping from their car in front of a theatre.
The demonstrators, mostly Pakistanis and members of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) are protesting against India's continuing detention of some 93,000 Pakistani Prisoners-of-War, captured during the fighting between Pakistan and India in 1971.
No official reason has been given for Mrs. Gandhi's visit other than she is repaying one made by Mr. Trudeau to India in 1971. However, observers believe that their talks will include improving the trade balance between the two countries and increasing food exports to India.
Mrs. Gandhi addressed herself to this theme when she told a joint meeting of the Empire and Canadian Clubs in Toronto.
SYNOPSIS: Pro-Pakistani demonstrators have been following Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, around during the course of her eight-day visit to Canada. The demonstrators, mostly Pakistanis and members of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) have been protesting about India's continuing detention of 93,000 Pakistani prisoner-of-war, captured during the fighting 1971 between Pakistan and India.
In Toronto on Wednesday Mrs. Gandhi addressed a joint meeting at the Royal York Hotel of the Empire and Canadian Clubs of Toronto, Than audience largely consisted of members of Toronto's Indian community. Security precautions had been extremely tight.
Nevertheless a young man,disguised as a waiter, suddenly rushed at Mrs. Gandhi, shouting, "You shall pay for you sins" and unfurling unruffled, went on to address the meeting.