Weeks after a petition was filed in White House urging to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, a new petition has knocked the door of White House countering the petition. The new petition claimed that India is “involved in spreading terrorism in its adjoining countries.”
The petitions have reached the White House cyberspace as tension arises between India and Pakistan following the Uri attack , as claimed by Indian Defence Ministry, carried out from Pakistani soil and India launched surgical strikes in Line of Control.
More than 50,000 new signatures have been added to the final count of the White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, making it the most popular US petition so far.
The petition, “We the people ask the administration to declare Pakistan, State Sponsor of Terrorism (HR 6069)”, was archived by the White House on Monday with 613,830 signatures.
By Tuesday afternoon, the number of signatures on the petition had increased to 665,769, a jump of 51,939 signs.
This is believed to be the most popular White House petition so far as the highest number of signatures received by any White House petition so far had not crossed 350,000.
Following the record signatures, White House has stopped accepting signatures for one of the petitions that sought to designate Pakistan as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’, days after it gained a record half a million signatures which is five times the number needed to get a response from the Obama Administration.
The petition, filed against Pakistan, has been archived as it did not meet the “signature requirements”, the White House said on Monday. “Closed petition,” said the petition page.
“This petition has been archived because it did not meet the signature requirements. It can no longer be signed,” the White House said. No further explanation has been given by the White House on closing the petition for signature.
Normally, it is open for a month for the people to sign. It, however, looks like that some of the signatures might not have met the terms of participation for these petitions. As a result, it is very well possible that some of these signatures could be removed if there is evidence of fraud.
After all, White House is expected to have an official response to the petition within the 60 days’ deadline.