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Indo-American groups ask US not to enhance Pak army's capacity

Source: PTI
December 31, 2008 17:09 IST
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A newly formed task force set up by seven leading Indian-American groups has demanded that the focus of the United States military aid to Islamabad should be on resources needed to fight terrorists rather than enhancing the capacity of Pakistani forces.
A briefing paper, prepared for distribution among lawmakers, also urges them to demand verifiable proof from
Pakistan that it has dismantled the terror training camps.
The paper calls for handing over suspects responsible for financing and sponsoring the Mumbai terror strikes to India and asks the lawmakers to ensure that the Pakistan military and intelligence are controlled by the civilian government.
The task force has been created to come up with the community's response to deadly terrorist attacks and to
formulate short and long term plans to project Indian viewpoint and educate various American audiences.
Announcing the formation of the task force, one of the two coordinators Ram Narayanan of US-India Friendship Forum said they plan to develop strategy over next few weeks.
"The important thing to keep in mind is that practically the entire American-Indian community has come together in an unprecedented manner" in the wake of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, he added.
The representatives of the seven bodies are seeking meeting with transition team of President-elect Barack Obama
as also senators during January to explain the dangers of letting terrorists activities go unchallenged in Pakistan.
The organization which have together are Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Association of Indians in
America, Indian-American Friendship Forum, Indian American Forum for Political Education, Indian American Political Action Committee, National Federation of Indian-American Associations and US-India Political Action Committee.
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