Diplomatic incident with India

A visa officer at the Canadian High Commission in India has caused a diplomatic incident after referring to India's paramilitary Border Security Force as a "notoriously violent unit" that engages in "systemic torture," the Toronto Star reported. The comments refer to the case of retired constable Fateh Singh Pandher, whose 2008 request for Canadian residence was rejected because of his affiliation to the BSF, one of India's security agencies formed after the 1965 India-Pakistan war. A Canadian Foreign Affairs spokesperson wrote that Mr. Pandher's situation is being reviewed, and emphasized Canada's strong ties with India.

Published: Wednesday, 05/26/2010 12:00 am EDT

A visa officer at the Canadian High Commission in India has caused a diplomatic incident after referring to India's paramilitary Border Security Force as a "notoriously violent unit" that engages in "systemic torture," the Toronto Star reported. The comments refer to the case of retired constable Fateh Singh Pandher, whose 2008 request for Canadian residence was rejected because of his affiliation to the BSF, one of India's security agencies formed after the 1965 India-Pakistan war. A Canadian Foreign Affairs spokesperson wrote that Mr. Pandher's situation is being reviewed, and emphasized Canada's strong ties with India.

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