Separatist Khalistani teams backed by Pakistan are quietly gaining floor in the US, a high American assume tank has warned, ruing that the US authorities has to this point remained detached to the appeals made by New Delhi to curb their destabilising anti-India actions.
In its report ‘Pakistan’s Destabilisation Playbook: Khalistani Activism within the US’ revealed on Tuesday, the Hudson Institute examines the conduct of “Khalistan and Kashmir separatist teams inside the US” to research their help by Pakistan.
The report appears to be like at these teams’ ties to militant and terrorist outfits in India, and the doable detrimental results of their actions on US overseas coverage in South Asia.
The report demonstrates that “like Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist teams, the Khalistan teams can emerge beneath new names.”
“Sadly, the US authorities has proven no real interest in violence dedicated by Khalistan activists, regardless that the Khalistan marketing campaign’s most ardent supporters are situated in western international locations equivalent to the UK, Canada, and the US,” it mentioned.
“Until the US authorities prioritises oversight of Khalistan-related militancy and terrorism, it’s unlikely to establish teams which are at the moment engaged in violence in Punjab in India or are making ready to take action. One seldom finds what one is just not on the lookout for,” it mentioned.
Hudson Institute says that anticipation constitutes a vital a part of nationwide safety planning, and, due to this fact, investigating, inside the limits prescribed by regulation, the actions of Khalistani teams situated in North America is necessary to stopping a reoccurrence of the violence orchestrated by the Khalistan motion within the Eighties.
Importantly, the latest improve in Khalistan-related anti-India activism inside the US is happening as the US and India are collaborating to confront the rise of China, particularly within the Indo-Pacific, it mentioned.
“The Khalistan motion’s historical past and up to date mobilisation ought to function a reminder that, until the menace it poses is one way or the other preempted, it may increase to a stage the place motion may be too late to stop large-scale lack of life,” it mentioned.
The report calls upon the US authorities to India’s issues severely and dedicate the requisite intelligence and regulation enforcement sources to assist India handle these issues.
The report mentioned the US authorities ought to Embrace all teams answerable for terrorist assaults in India in its checklist of designated international terrorist teams and designate as terrorists the varied people that India and US intelligence and regulation enforcement have established as being related to designated terrorist entities.
“Apply terror financing legal guidelines and rules to the varied teams espousing Kashmiri and Khalistan separatism; Examine US-based teams espousing Kashmiri and Khalistan separatism for doable violations of US legal guidelines associated to overseas funding,” it mentioned.
“Use authorized means established particularly to fight terrorism, together with FISA warrants, to observe suspected Kashmiri and Khalistan terrorism sympathisers and advocates,” the report mentioned.
Observing that Sikh radical teams are energetic within the New York space and in California, the report mentioned that along with disseminating anti-India propaganda, the main focus of those organisations is advocating the Khalistan trigger, and to safe help they aim native politicians, US assume tanks, and human rights activists.
“Khalistan activists additionally use Sikh locations of worship, gurdwaras, to draw followers, organising particular occasions to commemorate the ‘martyrdom’ of terrorists in Punjab. Additionally they commemorate Operation Blue Star and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to proselytise youthful Sikhs into believing that there’s a non secular battle between Sikhs and different Indians,” it added.