Pakistan and its intelligence agency have played a key role in nurturing the Taliban and enabling it to eventually take over Afghanistan, a leading Republican lawmaker claimed. Afghans.
Congressman Steve Chabot, co-chair of the India Caucus, said in his address to the virtual gala of the Hindu Political Action Committee on Sunday that he applauds the Indian government for welcoming Afghan religious minorities who have good reason to fear persecution. of the Taliban and their evil rule.
“In contrast, we all know that Pakistan and especially its intelligence services played a key role in nurturing the Taliban and enabling them to eventually take over. It is just disgusting to see Pakistani officials celebrate the victory of this group that will bring untold cruelty to the Afghan people,” Mr Chabot said.
“Pakistan’s own persecution of religious minorities, however, is receiving far less attention here in America than it deserves. We would do well to educate our fellow citizens about these abuses. Persecution is particularly manifest in the horrific practice of kidnapping, forced conversion to Islam and forced marriages of underage Hindu girls to older Muslim men,” he said.
Such accusations are not just hearsay, he noted.
Major news organizations and human rights organizations have documented the practice with so many heartbreaking stories of girls in their early teens being taken from their families and forced into marriage. These abuses are often simply ignored, the congressman said.
In his speech, Chabot said that with approximately 6 million Hindus in America, Hindus are undeniably an integral part of society in the United States.
“Through a strong work ethic and high level of education, Hindus exemplify the American dream. These virtues also enable Hindus to take a key role in communities across the country, as well as giving back to those communities in so many ways.” , he said.
That’s why reports of an increase in discrimination against Hindu Americans across the country are so worrying, he lamented, adding that there is no place for such discrimination in America.
“We all need to find ways to end it,” Chabot added.
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