Washington, DC. 26 July, 2008. The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) intends to brief key members of the U.S. Congress and the Bush Administration about the most recent terrorist attacks in India and the importance of closer cooperation on intelligence sharing for the global war on terror. USINPAC condemns the terrorist attacks on the Indian cities of Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the blasts," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC. "The entire Indian-American community is behind them in this time of grief and loss."
"Terrorism directed against India is the same as terrorism directed against the United States, Europe, and elsewhere," said Manish Antani, a Foreign Policy Advisor to USINPAC. â€œThese attacks simply underscore the vital need for closer cooperation between the U.S. and India to combat terrorism."
As USINPAC seeks to brief Congress and the Bush Administration, the message will be to consider far more carefully how economic and military assistance is provided to Pakistan as an 'ally' in the global war on terrorism. Pakistan has come under intense scrutiny from international media and key U.S. allies, including Afghanistan, for its role in the war on terrorism. Five years after the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan is still criticized as being an epicenter of terrorism due to allowing a porous border for terrorists to easily travel through, not apprehending terrorists, and for protecting A.Q. Khan.