Pro-Pak elements infiltrating anti-CAA protests in US: Indian American leader

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The human rights groups would hold protest rallies in front of the Indian Consulates in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. File photo: PTI

Pro-Pakistani elements have infiltrated the anti-CAA protests in the US to execute their hidden agenda against India, an Indian-American community leader has said.

During a recent protest against the CAA in Washington DC, posters were seen reflective of the presence of pro-Pakistani elements.

Not only this, at least two Pakistani-Americans were among the main organisers of the anti-CAA protests in Washington DC on Sunday, claimed Indian-American community leader Adapa Prasad.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into force in India last December amid protests in India and around the world.

The Indian government has stressed that the new Act does not deny any citizenship rights but has been brought in to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and provide them citizenship.

“Darakshan Raja, a Pakistani-American activist who also co-ordinates Kashmiri separatist protests in Washington DC area along with another Pakistani-American Muslim activist named Khudai Tanveer, were one of the main coordinators of the anti-CAA protests,” Prasad told PTI.

Prasad and his team shared videos and pictures of the individuals from the anti-CAA protests in Washington DC, which was attended by more than 500 Indian-Americans from in and around the city.

Prasad said one of the posters written in Urdu said “Hans ke Liya hai Pakistan, Larr ke lengey Hindustan”. “This in English means we easily got Pakistan, now we will fight out to get India,” he said as he shared the picture of the said poster.

“This is disgusting. Pro-ISI and pro-Pakistani elements are using this protest to execute their hidden agenda which is depicted in their own poster,” Prasad said.

He said the protests are also being misused by pro-Khalistani activists to push their agenda.

“Arjun Sethi, a pro Khalistani activist, was also amongst the coordinators of the anti-CAA rally,” Prasad said.

Sethi had recently testified before a Congressional Committee on Kashmir.

In recent weeks, some of the Indian-Americans, during private conversation in WhatsApp groups, had expressed apprehensions that their anti-CAA protests could be misused by elements close to ISI and Pakistan.

There had been moments during which the organisers of these protests had increased scrutiny of those trying to lead the anti-CAA protests.  “It could be a trap to portray Indians and Indian Muslims in a negative light by someone,” Mike Ghouse, an Indian-American who is the president of Washington DC-based Center for Pluralism, said in a recent blog.

Most of these anti-CAA protestors chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jia” and carry Indian national flag.

Some of the eye witnesses told PTI that the “Hindustan Pakistan” poster written in Urdu were withdrawn quickly after it came to the notice of some of the organizers.

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