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Indian American Task Force Pushes U.S. to Act on Pakistan Terror

India Abroad, News, Posted: Jan 13, 2009

Several Indian-American groups are joining forces to form a national anti-terrorism task force that will urge President-elect Obama and Congress to change U.S. policy towards Pakistan, reports India Abroad. The Indian American Task Force (IATF) includes such organizations as the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Indian American Forum for Political Education, Indian American Political Action Committee, and the National Federation of Indian American Associations. Formed as a response to the Mumbai attacks, the new task force members will meet with the Obama-Biden transition team and U.S. senators and congresspeople on Jan. 27 in Washington, DC.

"The U.S. must realize that the current steps by Pakistan in terms of closing down terrorist camps and arresting some individuals, many of whom have already been released, is nothing but a smokescreen," said IATF in a statement. The task force wants the White House and Congress to subject all economic and political aid to Pakistan to verifiable evidence that Islamabad has dismantled all terrorist camps on its soil. The task force came out of email discussions between Indian-American community leaders and the leaders claimed that "practically the entire Indian-American community has come together for this cause." The January 27 meeting will included a reception for key members of the House and Senate to impress upon them the need to prevent further attacks and point out that Washington's aid to Pakistan should be aimed at resources to fight terrorism and not India.

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