Washington: Members of the World Muhajir Congress have held a peace rally in front of the White House in support of US President Donald Trump's new South Asia policy in which he hit out at Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.
Trump in his new policy in August vowed to keep the US troops in Afghanistan so that a hasty recall did not create a void to be filled by terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
He pledged to fight against all forms of terrorism and bring stability in South Asia. Trump said that America had been paying Pakistan billions of dollars while at the same time the country was housing terror organisations that the US has been fighting against.
World Muhajir Congress held rally against terrorism and human rights abuse by Pakistan in Karachi and Balochistan, in front of White House. pic.twitter.com/yJ8QUkIjPs
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"We stand today in compassion with the people and government of the United States at a time when the USA and the rest of the world are facing the menace of ruthless religious extremism and terrorism," World Muhajir Congress (WMC) said in a statement on Sunday.
Muhajir is an Arabic-origin term used in Pakistan to describe Muslim immigrants, of multi-ethnic origin, and their descendants, who migrated from India after the Partition.
According to WMC, about 50 million Muhajirs live in Karachi, Hyderabad and other urban areas of the Sindh province.
"We collectively extend our support to the US administration in its efforts to eliminate terror safe havens on Pakistani soil," they said.
The participants held banners and placards highlighting Pakistan's role in promoting terrorism and demanded that the Trump administration declare Pakistan a "state sponsoring terrorism".
They called for the elimination of terror sanctuaries in Pakistan.
"We also express our deep sympathies with the families of victims who lost their loved ones in 9/11 terror attacks and other acts of terrorism around the globe," it said.
The rally was attended by leaders and activists from different political and ethnic groups from South Asia, including Muhajirs, Balochs, Afghans and Indians.
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Updated Date: Sep 18, 2017 10:45:59 IST