An online White House petition, created on September 21 by a person who identified himself/herself by initials RG and seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, has gained a record half a million signatures. It’s five times the number needed to get a response from the Obama Administration. And there are indications that it may cross a million mark next week.
The petition has attracted a large number of non-NRI US citizens who are sick and tired of frequent Islamist bombings in the US – mostly traceable to Pakistan. In the last 24 hours, more than 100,000 people signed the petition.That shows, it’s gathering a huge momentum and may end up drawing up a lot of non-NRI signatories. It seems the petition has provided the US citizens with a much-needed window to air their views against Pakistan.
The petition needed 1,00,000 signatures in 30 days to draw a response from the White House. This benchmark is said to have been reached in less than a week, and in less than two weeks, the petition, which now appears to be highly popular on the White House website, has crossed half a million signatures. As per the convention and practice, the Obama Administration is expected to respond to the petition within 60 days.
Supporters of the “We the People ask the Administration to declare Pakistan, State Sponsor of Terrorism” petition have set a goal of one million signatures. “We will not stop until we get 1000,000 signatures,” wrote Anju Preet, a scientist at Georgetown University who is associated with the petition on her Facebook Page.
“It’s time to act now…let us all join hands in signing the petition with White House. Tag at least 10 of your friends and family if you feel your money should be used for welfare and not terrorism,” she said.
The petition comes after Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced H R 6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act in the House of Representatives.
Given that the window to sign the petition is open until October 21, the goal could well be achieved.
“This petition is important to the people of United State of America, India and many other countries which are continuously affected by Pakistan-sponsored terrorism,” says the petition, created by RG.
An initiative of the US President Barack Obama, “We the People” online petition at the White House website provides a window to American citizens to campaign before the administration on a particular issue.