In a report titled – ‘Pakistan destabilization strategy handbook: Inner Khalistani activism The US Hudson Institute said that “perhaps the most concerning aspect of the US-based Khalistan turmoil is the likelihood that PakistanThe intelligence agency is responsible to a considerable degree. ”
The report says that there is a recent increase in “Khalistan-related anti-India activism within the United States” and that the likelihood of Khalistan groups receiving military funding, support and training from Pakistan is also substantial.
The report calls for action by the US government regarding the Khalistan groups and says that all groups responsible for terrorist attacks in India should be included in its list of designated global terrorist groups.
The report notes that New Delhi has called for action against these groups.
“Unfortunately, the United States government has shown no interest in the violence committed by Khalistan activists, despite the fact that the most fervent supporters of the Khalistan campaign are in Western countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Despite urgent requests from India to these countries to curb separatist groups from Khalistan within their borders, their governments have not responded to India’s calls, “the report said.
“Making these objections even more perplexing is the increasing involvement over the past decade of Khalistani groups with Pakistan’s so-called Kashmir groups, which have also become the focus of the US intelligence and political communities,” he added.
The report has been prepared by a study group that includes Dr. Aparna Pande, Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia and Husain Haqqani, Director for Central and South Asia.
The report said that “cooperation between the Khalistani and Kashmiri groups has become increasingly evident in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, and the Kashmiri and Khalistani activists often operate together” and noted that they have been produced joint protests by Khalistani and Kashmiri separatists in Washington DC. , Houston, Ottawa, London, Brussels, Geneva and other European capitals.
“Importantly, the recent surge in Khalistan-related anti-India activism within the US is occurring as the US and India are collaborating to confront the rise of China, especially in the Indo-Pacific. Pakistan is a key Chinese ally and thus has a vested interest in weakening this collaboration between India and the United States, “the report said.
He noted that campaigns like the one in Khalistan could also serve to distract Washington and New Delhi from strengthening the Quad association (Australia, India, Japan, USA).
“Recognizing the strategic goal of mobilizing the rivals of the United States and its main South Asian ally against India, one of the most active Khalistan separatist groups in the United States recently published open letters to the leaders of Russia, China and Pakistan. requesting your support, “it read.
“The government of India has provided the US government with considerable evidence of links between US-based Khalistan groups and militants and terrorists operating in India. The likelihood that the groups of Khalistan receive funding, support and military training from Pakistan is also substantial. Therefore, the US should take India’s concerns seriously and dedicate the necessary intelligence and law enforcement resources to help India address these concerns, “the report added.
He suggested a six-point action to the US government regarding the Khalistan groups.
“Include all groups responsible for terrorist attacks in India in your list of designated global terrorist groups; designate as terrorists the various individuals that the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of India and the US have established are connected with designated terrorist entities; enforce terrorism financing laws and regulations for the various groups that embrace Kashmir and Khalistan separatism, “he said.
“Investigate US-based groups defending Kashmir and Khalistan separatism for possible violations of US laws related to foreign financing; use legal means specifically established to combat terrorism, including FISA orders, to monitor to suspected supporters and defenders of terrorism from Kashmir and Khalistan, “he added.
The Hudson Institute report noted that the US government cannot afford to allow India’s separatist movements, including those with links to militant and terrorist groups, to grow out of control among those who otherwise , they respect the law. Sikh community.
“His experience with extremist Islamist groups should serve as a model for dealing with extremists in Khalistan, so recruiting or raising funds for militancy or” martyrdom “should not be allowed on American soil, even if acts of Actual violence is going to take place far away in India. US authorities must not allow pro-Khalistan activism became the precursor to a new wave of violence in the Indian state of Punjab, “he warned.
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