The White House October 4 abruptly stopped accepting signatures for a petition that sought to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, saying it has been archived as it did not meet the “signature requirements”.
A message saying “This petition has been archived because it did not meet the signature requirements. It can no longer be signed” was posted on the White House’s ‘We the People’ web page, which hosts the initiative inviting petitions to the administration.
It requires at least 100,000 signatures to qualify for a response from the Obama Administration.
An initiative of US President Barack Obama, “We the People”, the online petition service at the White House website provides a window to American citizens to campaign before the administration on a particular issue.
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The reason for suspension was not clear and there is no information on whether it will return after weeding out the bad signatures or the process will have to start afresh.
An individual with initials ‘RG’ had started the first petition on September 21, the day after Republican congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives demanding Pakistan be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.
Citing the legislation in the petition, the sponsor wrote, it (designating Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism) was “important to the people of United State of America, India and many other countries which are continuously affected by Pakistan sponsored terrorism”.
It may come as a big disappointment to the Indian-American community in the US as well in India.
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“India is involved in spreading terrorism and in bloody proxy wars against its adjoining countries particularly Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the petition alleged.