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US: Kashmiri group launches campaign against Pak

January 15, 2009 10:06 IST

A prominent Indian-American Kashmiri group in the US has launched a letter-writing campaign appealing to US lawmakers to pressurize Pakistan into acting firmly against terrorists groups operating from its soil.

In a mass e-mail sent out to Indian Americans across the United States, the Indian American Kashmiri Forum (IAKF) urged people to write a letter to their respective Congressmen to use their good offices to ensure that Pakistan takes action against the terrorists groups.

"As a voting American, I urge you to strongly encourage the government of Pakistan to fully commit its resources to destroying the numerous terrorist camps that exist in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and other territories under its control," says a draft of the letter.

"In lieu of the start of a new session of Congress, Indo-American Kashmir Forum is undertaking a letter-writing campaign to let your lawmakers know the urgency of forcing Pakistan to act firmly against terrorist groups operating on its soil," said Rahul Pandit of IAKF.

"These groups have a global agenda that starts with the disintegration of India," Pandit said urging people to send the letter to their respective Congressmen.

Asserting that Pakistan has not done enough in the wake of Mumbai terror attack, the draft letter says: "The only result that should be acceptable to the US is the actual dismantling of terrorist infrastructures by the Pakistani government."

The organisation says that there are enough evidence indicating that Pakistani officials and individuals supported, organised, and funded the November 26 carnage.

"Targets included prominent locations that attract Westerners, as well as a Jewish Chabad House, in order to inflict the most trauma to countries that combat terrorists," it said.

"The lone survivor of this attack was a terrorist with ties to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir that was formed to violently overthrow the Indian government in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir and impose an Islamic theocracy," the letter said.

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