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Ottawa: Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism and so “continued vigilance is essential”, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.

Harper made the remarks on Tuesday while laying a wreath in the Hall of Honour to mark the “National day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism” observed to honour those killed in the 1985 Air India bombing.

An Air India flight flying from Toronto to London crashed off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on board. Most of the dead were Canadians of Indian origin.

Sikh extremists were blamed for the bombing.

Harper said that he cannot help but cast his mind back to the Canadians who perished in Air India Flight 182 and in the World Trade Centre attacks and to the many terrorist activities foiled by the vigilance of Canadian security agencies. The recollections serve as a reminder that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism and that continued vigilance is essential.

Addressing a gathering in parliament building here, he said it was a terror attack that killed the 329 passengers and crew members aboard Air India.

“On this sombre anniversary, we stand in solidarity with the friends and families who lost loved ones in that heinous attack and honour those lost.  We were deeply moved by this solemn tribute as well as by our meeting the kin of the victims,” he added.

Among the kin of the victims present was Susheel Gupta, whose mother Ramvati died in the bombing. Gupta said he regretted that his children would not be able to meet their grandmother.

Meanwhile, a memorial service in Ireland was attended by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Canadian Minister of Justice Peter MacKay.

(IANS)

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Action Needs To Be Taken Against Terrorism, Not a Country: John Abraham

John plays the protagonist in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles

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Actor John Abraham on Monday said action needs to be taken against terrorism instead of waging a war against a country or religion.

At the trailer launch of his upcoming film titled “RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)”, based on the real life story of a spy, the actor was asked about the escalating tension between India and Pakistan post the February 14 Pulwama attack.

John said: “There has to be a war against terror (ism) and not against a country or any religion. I am very clear with my outlook on that.

“I am not one of those actors who will say that ‘People will like this, so let’s do it’. I say things as it is. These days, polarization is happening and that is dangerous.”

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Directed by Robbie Grewal, “RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)” is slated to release on April 5.

Asked if the plan to release the film at a time when patriotism is on a new high would favour the box office business of the film, John said: “We do not want to sound like opportunists in this current situation because we had decided to release the film around this time almost a year ago.

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“Back then, the situation was certainly not the same. However, keeping the present in mind, I think in the current ecosystem, it resonates with what is happening in the country.”

John plays the protagonist in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles. (IANS)