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Do not listen to India, Pakistani Americans tell Obama

Lalit K Jha in Washington | January 27, 2009 15:50 IST

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Pakistani Americans, in a move to counter Indo-American groups active in lobbying in the United States, have urged the Obama [Images] administration and US lawmakers against listening to India.

Accusing Indian American groups of lobbying with Washington to put pressure on Islamabad [Images] in the aftermath of the Mumbai [Images] attack, the Pakistani-American groups are telling the US that Islamabad has been a reliable ally in its war against terror.

Leaders of the newly formed Pakistan American National Alliance said 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 in case it fails to do so.

PANA includes six eminent Pakistani American organisations.

"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 embassy bombings in Africa. The perpetrators of 9/11 were Saudi and Egyptian citizens, but the US government never suspected nor blamed the Saudi of Egyptian governments," the group said in a statement.

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