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United Against Terror: Petition by Indian American Community
To the United States Government in Response to the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, November 2008

The Indian American community expresses its deep sorrow, anguish and profound outrage at last weeks deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, which have resulted in the deaths of over 180 people, including those of Americans, Australians and Israelis. We, the undersigned express our condolences and prayers to the families of all victims. At this time of grief and shock, let it be known that we stand by the Nation of India.

1. India is no stranger to terrorism, having suffered more than any other country, with an estimated over 29,000 deaths since 1993 according to figures from the Indian Home Ministry. However, the latest attack on Mumbai, suspected to have originated from overseas represents an entirely new level of threat.
2. Given the scale, audacity of this cold blooded operation, there is indication that this campaign was orchestrated by the external terrorist group. Preliminary evidence points to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) being behind this attack, an organization with a history of deadly terrorist operations in several parts of South Asia. The LeT, operating out of camps in Pakistan, and in cooperation with the other Islamic Militant groups within India such as Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahideen (IM) openly advocates a Global jihad against all those who do not follow Islam including the United States and many other Western nations. We urge the Congress and the Government of the US to view the LeT, SIMI and the IM as terrorist outfits similar to Al Qaeda.
3. We believe that in the interest of peace in South Asia, the United States needs to demand that Pakistan close down all terrorist training camps in its territory. Pakistans failure to comply must result in declaration of Pakistan as a terrorist state by the US Government.
4. We ask the question: Does Pakistans Government have the ability and the political will to go after the suspects of the Mumbai carnage without civil authority regaining effective control over Pakistans army and the ISI? With Pakistan so heavily dependent on American largess both for military supplies and social and economic sustenance and with Pakistans finances under the supervision of the IMF, we feel that there can be no better time for America to exercise its powerful leverage to get the military (and ISI) under civilian control. We believe this is a critical priority, not just for India and the West, but for the survival of the fragile democracy in Pakistan too.
5. We urge the US Congress that any and all future financial aid and funding should be contingent on Pakistan extraditing all those terrorists, whose list has been provided by the Prime Minster of India. This list contains those people that have been involved in terrorism in India or abroad. The US Government must withhold all funding to Pakistan, until they comply.
6. Finally, Indian American community in the US believes that a direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan could prove counter-productive and play into the hands of the Jihadis. However, we urge the US and other Western nations to put pressure on Pakistan to take immediate action against terrorist. We urge the US to support a UN Security Council resolution to permit strikes against terror camps within Pakistan, in cases where they are unable or unwilling to act.

United Against Terror: Petition by Indian American Community
To the Government of India in Response to the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, November 2008

The Indian American community expresses its deep sorrow, anguish and profound outrage at last weeks deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, which have resulted in the deaths of over 180 people, including those of Americans, Australians and Israelis. We, the undersigned express our condolences and prayers to the families of all victims. At this time of grief and shock, let it be known that we stand by the Nation of India.

1. India is no stranger to terrorism, having suffered more than any other country, with an estimated over 29,000 deaths since 1993 according to figures from the Indian Home Ministry. However, the latest attack on Mumbai, suspected to have originated from overseas represents an entirely new level of threat. We wish to express our concern that the Security forces of India who had bravely responded to the terrorist attacks, the NSG, BSF, ARMY and the State and Local police were not adequately armed or protected to counter a terrorist attack. They did not seem to have well armored and specialized surface, sea and air transportation necessary to perform rapid operations.

2. We urge the Government of India and all the State and Local Governments to treat without exception, all terrorists and all acts of terrorism, what ever be their source and motivation with equal firmness.

3. The Indian-American community has after years of hard work built a good reputation for itself as well as for India in the United States and globally. This has in part been responsible for increased tourism and trade between the two countries. In order to restore the confidence of businessmen and leisure tourists, we strongly urge that the Government of India provide increased and robust security at all public transportation venues such as airports, railway and bus stations as well as all hotels and tourist places.

4. Despite the increasing pressure in the Government of India for military action against Pakistan, we feel that such a course of action, at this point, is not advisable. Indian American community in the US believes that a direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan could prove counter-productive and play into the hands of the Jihadis. However, India should work closely with the US and other nations and demand greater accountability and results from Pakistan in going after various terrorist organizations within the country. New Delhi must get the US and other global powers to put greater economic pressure on Islamabad. It is time for India to work towards a UN Security Council resolution to permit strikes against terror camps within Pakistan.

5. Finally, we recommend that the Government of India revamp its Intelligence apparatus, which has failed repeatedly in the past, and facilitate a central information sharing agency along the lines of the US Department of Homeland Security, which can oversee and take immediate action when intelligence is available.

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