More than a hundred Indian-Americans protested outside the Pakistani and Chinese diplomatic missions in the United States against the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed and several others sustained injuries. The attack was carried out by Pakistan-based banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14.
Indian-Americans urged the Chinese Consulate in Chicago that Beijing should "stop sheltering and supporting hard-line extremist terrorists" at the United Nations. They were referring to China, a veto-wielding permanent UNSC member, blocking India's repeated bids in the Security Council Sanctions Committee to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
"China should urge Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism worldwide," Bharat Barai, chairman of Indian American Cultural Centre, said in a memorandum to the Consul General of China in Chicago. This was the first ever protest by the Indian-American community in front of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago.
Several Indian-Americans, braving sub-zero temperature, also protested before the Pakistani consulate in Chicago. Protestors were seen carrying placards having slogans like "stop supporting terrorism", "Pakistan Murdabad," "Global terror Pakistan, LeT Pakistan," "26/11 Pakistan, Osama bin Laden Pakistan," amongst others.
The protestors, who were chanting "Bharat Matha Ki Jai", also demanded that Pakistan be declared a state sponsoring terrorism. In a memorandum submitted to the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago, the Indian-American community urged Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists.
The community leaders said Pakistan is a hub of terrorism and is constantly manufacturing company of terrorists, while harbouring and nurturing them to be "dark men of death". The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) US was among the groups that participated in the protest.
Indian-Americans across the United States have been protesting peacefully against the Pulwama attack. They are denouncing Pakistan for sheltering terror outfits like Jaish. Earlier, several Indians in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut held a candlelight vigil at the Royal Alberts Palace.