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Canada removes reference to Sikh extremism from annual report on terrorism

Press Trust of India  |  Toronto 

The led by has removed a reference to Sikh extremism from its 2018 report on terrorism which had earlier mentioned it as one of the top five terrorist threats to the country.

The updated version of the '2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada' was released on Friday, Toronto-based quoted The Canadian Press agency as saying.

The language in the report was changed to remove any mention of religion, instead discussing the threat posed by "extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India", it reported.

The 2018 report on terrorism, first released in December last year, drew the ire of the Sikh community at the time of its release as it was the first time when it listed Sikh extremism as one of the top five extremist threats in Canada, said.

had said that he would at least ask for a review of the language the report used, the report said.

He said entire religions should never be equated with terrorism, it said.

On Saturday, Trudeau praised the minority Sikh community as he visited a gurdwara on the occasion of

"is a time to focus on what matters family, friends, and coming together as neighbours & fellow Canadians and an opportunity to recognize the remarkable contributions Sikh Canadians have made to our country. What a celebration in today!," he said in a tweet.

The dedication to helping others at the heart of the Sikh faith is also "fundamental to who we are as a country", he said at one of the largest Sikh temples in the country, Vancouver's Ross Street Gurdwara.

He, along with Harjit Sajjan, also took part in a massive parade to mark the Sikh holy day of

Trudeau praised the Sikh community for its values of "equality and social justice".

There are roughly half-a-million Canadians who identify themselves as Sikh, most of them in the Greater Area and suburban

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 18:55 IST