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Indian Americans protest outside Pak Consulate, Times Square on Mumbai attack anniversary

Demanding justice for the victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, a group of Indian Americans held protests outside the Pakistan Consulate and Times Square in New York on the 12th anniversary of 26/11. Protesters called for an end to state-sponsored terrorism by Pakistan. 

The protesters, while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, were holding banners that read, “Stop Pak terrorism” and “We demand justice.” A mobile banner was also rolled out outside the Pakistani Consulate and Times Square, demanding justice for victims of the Mumbai Terror Attack.

“We are here standing outside the Pakistani consulate having a peaceful protest against the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. None of the culprits are being punished by law. In Pakistan, these terrorists are still hiding,” said a New York-based demonstrator while speaking to news agency ANI.

“We want to draw the attention of the Biden administration to take appropriate action against the terrorism around the world,” he added.

The protester pointed out that in the terrorist attack in Mumbai, 2008, many American and Israeli lives were lost as well. “We need justice and we need the culprits and terrorists hiding in Pakistan to be punished.”

Atish Bhandari, another Indian American demonstrator, said that he “highly condemns” the terrorism that is being spread by Pakistan throughout the world. “Any terrorist attack in the world — whether it is in New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka — the roots go back to Pakistan,” Bhandari said.

“We urge the Pakistani community to stand up against the jihadists and then, the solution can come. I also urge the United Nations to take a concrete step against Pakistan and place it in the blacklist of the FATF so that terrorism could be taken away from the roots,” he added.

On Wednesday, a group of Indian-Americans also held a memorial gathering outside the Capitol Hill for the victims of the deadly 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

Displaying anti-Pakistan banners and shouting slogans like “We want justice”, the protesters on Wednesday evening (local time) said that twelve years have passed and Pakistan is yet to take any action on those who orchestrated the attack. Instead, the prime accused live freely in Pakistan.

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