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Pakistan attempts to sabotage Howdy, Modi event in US – India Today

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to address his first-ever joint public rally with US President Donald Trump at Houston, Texas, individuals and groups closely associated with the Pakistani government are trying hard to ruin Modi’s gala event.

Notifications alerting a spell of mushrooming anti-Modi protests in Houston under different names have started to surface. Several messages and e-vites for anti-Modi protests on Sunday are also being shared on social media.

A careful analysis of these messages reveal that most of these protests are being organised with help of the elements from Pakistan, some of them are closely associated with the ruling political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its leader Imran Khan.

Consider this post on Facebook for example; it’s a message showing a last-minute change in the free pick up locations for the protestors who would gather in Houston to stage a demonstration against Modi-Trump public meeting on Sunday. This message was posted from the purported official account of Fayaz Kahlil who has a following of over 50,000 people on his page. His introduction according to his social media profiles is “Founder Member of PTI Youth wing”. He even has a picture of himself sitting with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The common routes, contact numbers and names of organiser on the leaflets indicate that one anti-India event is being publicised with different names such as “Unwelcome Modi”, “Kashmir Rally” and “IHF Modi Protest” to make it look like several protests are being organised by diverse groups.

Consider this for a moment; this leaflet published by a pro-Khalistan account under the banner of “Go Back Modi” has names and contact details of a woman named Ghazala Habib, president of Friends of Kashmir organisation. Habib is a resident of Georgetown, USA but also flies to attend dinner meetings in England, organised by Association of Pakistani lawyers. That’s not all; her Facebook profile also flaunts pictures of her meetings with former Pak ambassador to the US, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

These posts also suggest a sudden inflow of huge money to help propagate to their agenda. Consider this post on the social media platform, posted on September 17, it appealed participants to carry water, umbrellas and urged people to use car-pool and public transport such as metro to reach the protest venue. Three days later, another post in the same group announced that the organisers were now offering free of cost “many deluxe coach buses to take protestors to NRG Stadium on Sunday”.

Another event posted on Eventbrite has also offered “free transportation” for individuals and groups to Houston. Online promotion material from these accounts also claimed to have support from Amnesty International’s local unit as it listed the unit as one of the coalition partners.

Such evidence present in the public domain clearly shows the desperation of Pakistani deep state as they reluctantly watch the leaders of the world’s largest and oldest democracies come together.

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