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Indian-Americans protest against Pak for 'sponsoring terrorism'

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Hundreds of Indian-Americans here protested against over the terror attack and urged the global community to hold accountable for "atrocities on minorities" and "sponsoring terrorism".

Around 300 Indian-origin people, highlighting the plight of lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits and accusing of providing safe havens to terrorist groups, protested at the prime locations of on Saturday noon.

They termed the February 14 attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, as an attack on India's sovereignty.

Protestors carried banners like 'Global Terrorist State Pakistan', '- Stop using terrorism as your State Policy', 'is Integral part of stop meddling', 'Down with Pakistan', 'Pakistan an of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs', 'Pakistan take care of your minorities'.

There was heavy sloganeering against Pakistan which protesters termed as a "terror hub".

Earlier a press conference was held by Dr on behalf of Chapter of Friends of Society International and Chapter of Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora, emphasising that has suffered for the last 30 years a constant barrage of terror manufactured in Pakistan and unloaded on Indian soil, killing thousands of Indians.

He said in front of that Pakistan is a terror state that has made business out of terror and has become a threat to the world peace.

Addressing the press conference, Achalesh Amar, of Houston Chapter of Friends of India Society International, highlighted the international ramifications of terror and role of Pakistan in exporting terror to the world and threatening the

He highlighted the role of Pakistan providing shelter to leaders and providing safe haven and sanctuaries for dreaded terrorists to regroup and export in other parts of the globe after the fall of in in 2001.

Amar stated how Osama bin Laden, an of 9/11, was found well protected in the garrison city of Pakistan. He said that the bombings and shooting at San Bernardino, had Pakistan connection.

Global members talked about the proxy war unleashed by Pakistan on India under Zia Doctrine in 1988 under the code word 'Operation Tupac'.

They highlighted the operation's salient features which encouraged cross border terrorism, guerilla warfare in India fully supported and led by Pakistan's spy agency and regulars.

They made reference to Kargil where the nexus between Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, and its was exposed at the international level.

The members said that this proxy war has costed India more than 6,000 of its security personnel besides heavy collateral damage. They accused Pakistan for the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs.

"More than 400,000 members were ethnically cleansed and are forced to live as refugees in India," they said.

They urged the global community to hold Pakistan accountable for "atrocities on minorities" and "sponsoring terrorism".

The events were organised by Achalesh Amar, Houston of Friends of India Society International, USA and Dr Surinder Kaul, Global of Global

Recently, tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's district in February 14.

In the wake of the terror attack, India launched a major diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, holding briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including those from the five permanent members -- the US, China, Russia, the UK and -- to highlight Islamabad's role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 11:30 IST
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