An old news report on Canada denying visas to Indian army officers is being shared with the claim that it is a recent report in wake of the Indian government’s decision to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The voiceover of the video states the following: “Indo-Canadian ties have hit an all time row, Canada has hurled the ultimate insult on India’s men in uniform, no less than two retired Lt gen,three brigades and two senior officials of the Intelligence Bureau have been denied visa on the grounds that the organizations were engaged in violence…”
Member of Parliament (MP) of the United Kingdom, Lord Nazir Ahmed shared the two minute news video report by the now defunct channel Headlines Today.
🇨🇦 Canada refuses visa for Indian Army Generals and Brigadiers who served as intelligence officers for their part in #Kashmir: thank you @JustinTrudeau for your brave stance pic.twitter.com/KaCwdsz7jy— Lord Nazir Ahmed (@nazir_lord) August 21, 2019
Retired Indian generals denied visas by Canada – accused of working for a “terrorist organisation” that tramples on human rights pic.twitter.com/JUImdkSfGF— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) August 21, 2019
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Pakistan Today, a Pakistani newspaperreported the news as recent citing media reports.
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Several people pointed out to Ahmed that the video was old and the news report were from 2010.
We searched for news reports and found that the news cited in the video was from May, 2010, when Canada had denied visas to army officials.
“Canada denied visas to a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, three serving Brigadiers, a retired Lt General and a former senior IB official on the grounds that their organisations have been engaging in violence,” Hindustan Times reported on May 27, 2010.
Lt Gen (retd) A S Bahia who has been mention in the video report was refused a visa contending that he had served in a “sensitive location” of Jammu and Kashmir, HT’s story said.
India’s Home Ministry had written to the External Affairs Ministry at the time, asking it to take up the issue with the Canadian High Commission.
Additionally, the channel logo in the clip shared named ‘Headlines Today’ was renamed to India Today in May, 2015.
Stephen Harper was the Prime Minister of Canada in 2010 and not Justin