Washington, DC (September 19, 2016) — Hindu Americans condemned a deadly terror attack in India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir that left seventeen Indian Army personnel dead in the town of Uri this past weekend.
The attack on a military base was allegedly carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based militant group and a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, believed to receive military and logistical support from the Pakistani army. Earlier this year, Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out a similar attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab.
Since 1989, a militant insurgency supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency has left thousands of Hindus dead, and has driven out more than 350,000 people from the Kashmiri Pandit community from the Kashmir Valley. Many of these Hindus are still languishing in refugee camps in the Jammu region and Delhi, waiting for a restoration of normalcy and end of terrorism in their homeland prior to contemplating a return.
“The ability of groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad to operate freely and with impunity in Pakistan are a direct indication of state sponsored terrorism by the country’s intelligence services and military apparatus,” said Samir Kalra, Esq., HAF Senior Director and Human Rights Fellow. “The attack that transpired on Saturday prevents the full reintegration of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, destabilizes the region as a whole, and deprives ordinary civilians of a sense of safety and security. We welcome the global community’s condemnation of this attack, and strongly urge these nations to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism and deploy sanctions to end this reckless behavior.”