US lawmakers against Sharif for praising Wani in UN speech
US politician Ted Poe who is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Trade, slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for praising terrorist Burhan Wani in his UNGA speech.
“Disappointed to see the Pakistan PM use the UN to praise a militant group that uses violence to promote its cause,” Ted Poe said in his tweet.
— Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) September 28, 2016
In his speech in the UN general assembly on September 21, Nawaz Sharif had termed Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader”. Hizbul Mujahideen’s 21-year-old Chief of operations Wani was killed by Indian security forces in fighting along with two other militants of his group on July 8th in southern Kashmir’s Kokernag area.
Along with congressman Dana Rohrabacher last week Ted Poe has introduced a bill, HR 6069, the Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism designation act, in the House of Representatives requesting the US government to brand Pakistan a terror sponsor. The bill has been later sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for further action.
Following the bill the Indian American community has started an online campaign on the ‘We The People website’ online to pressurise the Obama administration to designate Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism, which has been widely shared and signed by Indians across the world and is now growing as the most popular petition on the White house website with a sign of more than 315,000 people, which has crossed the target of 100,000 votes just within a week, which will be considered by the Obama administration within 60 days as it has crossed the minimum number of votes. Indian American community does have the support of other groups like Balochis and Afghanis in this effort.