Narendra Modi visit draws protesters in Houston

It’s not just the Sikhs and Muslims whom are discriminated against in India, he said, it’s the Buddhists, Christians and Jains as well.

Houston (Texas), Sep 22 : As the large Indian American community in Houston and across America prepare to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event on Sunday, thousands of separatist Sikhs and Pakistanis have converged here to hold a protest against Modi.

Over 50,000 Indian Americans have gathered for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event that will also see US President Donald Trump joining Modi on the dais, in a rare gesture.

Men staple a large banner onto wood to place onto 18-wheelers before the start of a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Men staple a large banner onto wood to place onto 18-wheelers before the start of a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Ilyas Choudry writes #Save Kashmir on the window of a car that was to participate during a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Ilyas Choudry writes #Save Kashmir on the window of a car that was to participate during a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Men put up a large banner on a box truck before the start of a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Men put up a large banner on a box truck before the start of a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Gagandeep Singh puts American flags on a pickup truck as he and others prepared for a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Gagandeep Singh puts American flags on a pickup truck as he and others prepared for a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
Stop  Jagdeep Singh talks about his involvement with the “Go Back Modi” campaign during a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.  in Kashmir
Jagdeep Singh talks about his involvement with the “Go Back Modi” campaign during a truck rally at the Sikh National Center Gurdwara, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston. 
A line of 18-wheelers, pickup trucks and cars all with flags, signs and banners during a truck rally on the frontage road of Beltway 8, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston.
A line of 18-wheelers, pickup trucks and cars all with flags, signs and banners during a truck rally on the frontage road of Beltway 8, Sept. 14, 2019, in Houston. 

According to reports, around 20,000 Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs have gathered in Houston to hold a #GoBackModi campaign, that will be held while the Howdy Modi event is on. The Pakistanis and separatist Sikhs, with the active promotion of Pakistan, have dubbed Modi as the “Face of Indian terrorism”.

The protesters have already conducted a rehearsal and also held a truck rally in Houston, with large protest banners on their vehicles.

The protests come as two US-based Kashmiri activists have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Prime Minister Modi of rights violations in Kashmir. New Delhi is known to be in touch with Washington over the Prime Minister’s security in view of the protests.

According to reports, the 73-page lawsuit filed by two US-based Kashmiris activists along with the Kashmir Khalistan Referendum Front (KKRF), alleges that Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Indian Army’s Lt. Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, carried out “extrajudicial killings”, and inflicted “cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment” upon Kashmiris and also of “deliberate” killing of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, following revocation of its special status.

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