A visit to Canada by a controversial Pakistani politician with alleged and unproven links to a designated terror group blamed for more than 150 deaths in the 2008 Mumbai attack — including those of two Canadians — has some people asking why he would be welcomed on a visit to Mississauga.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a member of Pakistan's national assembly, known to many simply as "Sheikh Rashid," was in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday for an event hosted by Canadian-Pakistani newspaper, the Urdu Times — an appearance expected to draw an audience of hundreds.

The high-ranking politician has been accused by the India-based magazine India Today of operating a training camp for militants in the 1990s. The news outlet has also reported that Rashid had links to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, an organization considered by the Canadian government to be a terrorist group.

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