September 2021 News

Pakistan's ISI Could Be Funding Kashmiri And Khalistani Groups In Northern America, Warns US Think Tank

16 September 2021
Times Now

New Delhi: A US think tank has warned that around 55 Kashmiri and Khalistani groups are currently operating together within the country, which could prove to be a threat for both India and America. The report also highlighted that the actions of the extremist diaspora is even more concerning as Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is likely assisting the pro-Khalistan groups 'financially and organizationally'. The Hudson Institute further stated that the activities of Khalistanis in North America must be investigated under the US law to thwart a recurrence of the violence plotted by the movement in the 1980s. It emphasized on the possibility of these extremists receiving support, funding and military training from Pakistan, which can be linked to terrorist organisations operating in India and in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. 'In August 2020, Khalistani and Kashmiri activists staged an indication in New York against India, and, in September 2019, activists appropriated imagery and slogans from the Black Lives Matter movement, whose aim is to redress systemic and structural white supremacy in the United States,' the report stated, referring to the links between Khalistani and Kashmiri groups that has surfaced in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. It noted that the US government has been reluctant to act on intelligence provided by India concerning the Pakistan-supported Khalistan movement, exhorting the US administration to probe the increasing cooperation between the separatist groups. 'Joint protests of Khalistani and Kashmiri separatists have occurred in Washington DC, Houston, Ottawa, London, Brussels, Geneva, and other European capitals. Since Pakistan cannot take direct action against India, Indian intelligence agencies have warned that Pakistan will support militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir and Khalistan cadres to scale up their activities to carry out a proxy war through militancy,' the report said. The institute added that Pakistan is 'a critical Chinese ally' and has a 'vested interest' in weakening India-US ties.