Today, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) announced that it has received a communication from the Government of Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Web Analysis Division about the recently launched HAF Bengali Hindu Genocide ‘Remembering the Lost, Celebrating Survival’ commemoration website.
The PTA communication demands that HAF take down the Bengali Hindu Genocide web page, which captures a variety of perspectives on the genocidal actions of then West Pakistan’s (now modern Pakistan’s) military, “within (24) hours.” The letter also states that the government of Pakistan will “remove or block” access to HAF’s Bengali Hindu Genocide web page in Pakistan. This nearly 10 month genocidal campaign left 2-3 million dead, 200,000-400,000 women raped, and more than 10 million people displaced— a majority of which were Hindu.
“Your Website i.e https://www.hinduamerican.org/1971-bangladesh-genocide is involved in dissemination of content with intent to ridicule, defame the Armed Forces of Pakistan in order to provoke anti-state sentiments, cause disharmony, feelings of enmity among masses at large which is prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of Pakistan,” the communication states.
“The government of Pakistan’s feeble attempt to threaten and intimidate a respected American non-profit organization is just the latest example of their anti-American, anti-Hindu acts,” stated Deepali Kulkarni, HAF Director of Human Rights. “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a proven track record of killing, forcefully converting, or driving out Hindus, Christians, Ahmaddiya Muslim, and other religious minorities in Pakistan, and now it appears that they are going after these same religious minorities in other countries, too,” Kulkarni added.
“Without Prejudice to the aforementioned submissions, in case of failure to comply with the aforementioned direction within a stipulated timeline, PTA shall be constrained to initiate action in accordance with applicable laws,” the government of Pakistan further wrote to HAF. It also threatened to impose a “penalty up to [Pakistani] rupees five hundred million” or $3.27 million USD.
“This is Washington, not Islamabad,” stated Taniel Koushkjian, HAF Director of Public Policy. “Whether you are an American foreign agent working with another government trying to defame us, or a foreign terrorist regime threatening us, it doesn’t matter. The Hindu American Foundation will not be silenced and we will never stop fighting on behalf of Hindus everywhere,” he said.
UPDATE: Since the publication of the statement, HAF has learned that the whole of www.hinduamerican.org has been blocked for viewers in Pakistan.