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Activities of North America based Khalistani groups must be probed: Hudson Institute

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The Economic Times
15th September, 2021 21:40 IST

Leading US based think-tank Hudson Institute in a recent report has alleged that various Pak-backed Kashmiri and Khalistani terror groups are active in America and called for investigating activities of Khalistani groups in North America as per law.

Hudson Institute’s South and Central Asia Program recently assembled a group of South Asia experts to evaluate the fifty-five interlinked Kashmiri and Khalistani groups currently operating within the United States and the possibility that these groups receive funding, support, and military training from Pakistan, have ties to militant and terrorist groups in India, and could detrimentally impact US foreign policy in South Asia, according to a report published in the Institute’s portal.

The activities of Khalistani groups located in North America should be investigated, within the limits prescribed by law, to prevent a reoccurrence of the violence orchestrated by the Khalistan movement in the 1980s, suggested the Hudson Institute.

During that period, along with numerous attacks on civilians, the Khalistan movement was linked to the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 from Montreal to London that left 329 dead and the failed bombing of an Air India jet in Tokyo on the same day, according to the report.

The US government has shown reluctance to act on intelligence from India concerning Pakistan-supported Khalistan militancy, largely due to Pakistan’s role as the artery providing logistical support to the US military mission in Afghanistan following 9/11, alleged the report. Compounding the issue, China has blocked the designation of Pakistan-based terrorists under the United States’ terrorist-designation process within the United Nations Security Council, according to the Institute.

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