26/11 Mumbai attacks: Indian community in US protest outside Pakistan embassy

Washington: On the 14th anniversary of Mumbai terrorist attacks, Indian Americans and South Asian communities protested outside the Pakistan high commission in US condemning the attacks that killed at least 166 and injured 300.

Demonstrations also took place in front of the Pakistan Consulate in Houston, Chicago and Pakistan Community Centre in New Jersey.

In 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists (LeT) carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks killing at least 166 people and leaving 300 wounded.

According to news agency ANI, more than a dozen people gathered to voice their anguish in strong condemnation of Pakistan’s policy and practices of state-sponsored terrorism.

Mohinder Gulati, who was part of the protest, called on the international community to stand up against Pakistan. Calling terror a sort of a “cancer”, Gulati told ANI, “if you look at all the terrorist attacks that have happened around the world you will find connections back to Pakistan.”

“26/11 is a grim reminder to the international community to make a choice. Will it take action against the terrorists and their sponsors to restore the confidence of people in its moral foundations? Or will it continue to play a cynical game of brushing under the carpet an existential threat to our future generations,” Gulati said.

An Afghani woman, who has been demanding freedom of Afghanistan from the meddling by Pakistan, was also standing in solidarity with the Indian community members.

“Pakistan is a country that has given full support to several terror groups, right now there are 35 active groups with the full support of Pakistan intelligence agency. The international community must take action against this terror state that created Taliban and invaded Afghanistan.” Khalida Nawabi told ANI.

Earlier today, the Indian American group also showcased digital vans displaying images from the 26/11 attack, including photos of the iconic Taj Hotel in Mumbai that was attacked by terrorists of Pakistan-based LeT.

The protest outside the Pakistan Consulate in New York started around 12 noon (local time) on November 26 and lasted for two hours. Around 15-20 people protested and chanted slogans against Pakistan-ISI-sponsored terrorists. Calling on the world powers to root out terrorism, protesters chanted slogans like “Pakistan-Terrorist State, We want Justice, Pakistan a failed state, taking Pakistan out of FATF Grey list a mistake etc.”

(With inputs from ANI)

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