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Protests in US against Pak's state policy on terrorism

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A group led by Global Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) protested here on Saturday against Pakistan's state policy on terrorism, saying it has "penetrated deep" into and is spreading its tentacles globally.

The protestors also raised the issue of illegal occupation of parts of by and made a strong demand for the return of these areas to India, their legal owner.

They raised anti-slogans and put up banners like "Global terrorist state - Pakistan", "- Stop using terrorism as your state policy ", "is an integral part of - stop meddling".

They said Pakistan's state policy on terrorism has "penerated deep into and (is) spreading its tentacles globally".

Munni Mohan from GKPD, which organised the protest along with Friends of India Society International, said, "became part of India through a legal document as an instrument of accession as was followed by other princely states in India.", according to a press release.

She said that the illegal occupation of parts of Kashmir by Pakistan is the only unresolved agenda about Kashmir and that those areas need to be returned to their legal owner, India".

Mohan talked about participation of residents in in the "vibrant democracy" which sees them overwhelmingly participating and choosing their elected government in the state.

"(People of) Jammu and Ladakh overwhelmingly claim to be proud Indians...The current unrest in the Valley is happening in small pockets of Kashmir at due to the cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan," Mohan said.

There was also heavy sloganeering against Pakistan during the protest. "Terror hub, terror hub - Pakistan, Pakistan", "Down with Pakistan", "Pakistan an of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Hindus and Sikhs" and "Pakistan - take care of your minorities" were a few of the slogans the protesters were heard using.

Speaking at a press conference, Achalesh Amar, the of Houston's Friends of India Society International, highlighted the international ramifications of terror and the role of Pakistan in exporting terror to the world, which threatens the "world"

He referred to the role of Pakistan in providing shelter to Al Qaeda leaders and safe haven and sanctuaries to dreaded terrorists for them to regroup and export to other parts of the globe after the fall of Afghanistan's government in 2001.

He also recalled how Osama Bin Laden, an of the 9/11 attacks in the US, was found well protected in a garrison city of Pakistan.

Amar also said there was a "Pakistani connect" between the bombing and terror shooting at San Bernardino, California, according to the release.

from GKPD talked about the proxy war unleashed by Pakistan on India under the Zia Doctrine in 1988 having the code word "Operation Tupac". She said this operation encouraged cross-border terrorism, guerilla warfare in India that was fully supported and led by Pakistan's (ISI) and "Army regulars".

"She made a reference to Kargil, India where the nexus between Pakistan-sponsored jihadis and ISI and Army regulars was exposed at an international level," the release said.

The proxy war saw India losing more than "6000 security personnel", Ambardar said.

More than "400,000 members" of peace-loving Hindus and Sikhs were ethnically cleansed by Pakistan and are forced to live as refugees in India, the release said while referring to her speech.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:02 IST
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