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Don’t listen to India, Pakistan tells U.S.


A day-long lobbying activities at the Capitol on February 18

The group also urges U.S. to deny visa to Narendra Modi


Washington: Pakistan-Americans, in a move to counter Indian-American groups active in lobbying here, have floated a body, which has asked the Obama administration and U.S. lawmakers not to listen to the demands of India.

Accusing Indian-American groups of lobbying with Washington for putting pressure on Islamabad in the aftermath of the Mumbai attack, the Pakistani-American groups are telling the U.S. that Islamabad has been a reliable ally in its war against terror.

Leaders of the newly formed Pakistan American National Alliance (PANA) said at a press conference that Indian Americans were lobbying before the Congress and the Obama administration asking them to exhort pressure on Pakistan for taking action against the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attack, and penalise Islamabad if it failed to do so.

PANA, which includes six eminent Pakistani American organisations, announced its formation on the eve of some 150 Indian American leaders from various parts of the country converging in Washington to lobby before the Obama team and Congressmen to tell Pakistan to take action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.

“As previous experience shows, some of the terrorist acts by non-state actors are in fact complex, well planned and sophisticated as witnessed during the tragic events of 9/11 and the embassy bombings in Africa. The perpetrators of 9/11 were Saudi and Egyptian citizens, but the U.S. government never suspected or blamed the Saudi or Egyptian governments,” the group said in a statement.

“Therefore the presumption that since a citizen of a certain country performs a certain act, its government should be held responsible is erroneous,” it said and urged the Obama administration to influence India for a joint India-Pakistan investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attack. The Pakistan-Americans also announced they would hold day-long lobbying activities at the Capitol on February 18, after the U.S. Congress resumed.

Asking the White House and Congress to cooperate with the government in Islamabad and provide massive economic aid to the country, Pakistan-Americans demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Shiv Sena and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad be declared terrorist outfits.

It demanded the appointment of a special mediator to resolve the Kashmir issue and urged the U.S. not to grant visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. — PTI

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