Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) were deeply disturbed by political ads airing on television that attack Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s ethnic background. The ads’ sponsor alleges that because of her Pakistani heritage, Abedin is “pro-terrorist.”

“Condemning anyone simply because of their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is against the pluralistic ethos of Hinduism and has no place in a democracy,” said Suhag Shukla, HAF Executive Director. “While the potential foreign policy decisions of any of the presidential candidates’ are fair game for criticism — and are rightfully of deep concern to many Hindu Americans — personal attacks such as those made in the recent ads are simply beyond the pale.”

As a registered U.S. based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, HAF does not endorse political candidates.