The Indian community in the US has launched a White House petition to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, just days after a bill to this effect was tabled in the US Congress by two powerful lawmakers.
The petition that requires at least 100,000 signatures to qualify for a response from the Obama Administration, said ‘It is important to the people of the USA, India and other countries that are continuously affected by Pakistan sponsored terrorism.
UP President Barack Obama’s initiative “We The People” the online petition service at the White House, provides a window to Americans to campaign before the administration on a particular issue.
The move comes after a congressman, introduced H R 6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act in the House of Representatives, which has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.
Simultaneously the US India Action Committee launched a nationwide effort to canvass Indian Americans to get their local legislators support to H R 6069.
Congressman Ted Poe said the bill if passed, will require the President to issue a report within 90 days detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism, after which the Secretary of State must issue a report determining that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism or a justification on why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation.
Calling it an untrustworthy ally of America, Poe said for years Pakistan has been aiding and abetting the enemies of the US.