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Donald Trump’s Call With Pakistan Leader Draws Rebuke From Hindu-American Group

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The Hindu American Foundation is calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his approach to Pakistan after an unusually detailed readout of a call showed the president-elect offering gushing praise for the country’s prime minister.

The D.C.-based advocacy group cited a laundry list of Pakistan issues for Trump to consider, including human rights abuses, the rise of extremism in the country and Pakistan’s current conflict with the neighboring nation of India.

“If the transcript of the conversation is indeed accurate, we’d urge President-elect Trump to look more carefully at Pakistan’s record within its own borders and with its neighbors before offering praise,” said Suhag A. Shukla, HAF executive director, in a statement.

Trump discussed none of those topics during his recent conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, instead providing lavished praise for his counterpart, according to the readout issued by the Pakistani government. “You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way,” Trump said, according to the readout. “I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.”

The call drew just as much condemnation from foreign policy experts as it did confusion — Pakistan is technically an American ally that receives financial support, but relations between the two countries has grown tense in recent years. The U.S., in recent months, have said Pakistan need to do a better job combatting terrorism in the nation.

Additionally, the President-elect sought out to win over Indian-Americans during his campaign, promising to be a close friend to the country if elected.

Pakistan and India have been hostile toward each other since they became separate political entities in 1947; since then, they have fought four wars and continue to battle over Kashmir.

“Pakistan’s challenges are only further amplified by an unabated rise in radicalization and the presence of dozens of domestic and international Islamist terrorist organizations which have historically enjoyed the patronage of the state’s security and intelligence services,” said Shukla. “The American interest in a strategic partnership with the only secular democracy in the region—India—is gravely compromised by Pakistan’s proxy war in Kashmir and cross-border terror attacks in India.”

Shalabh Kumar, founder and chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition, who was also named Thursday to Trump’s transition team, issued a statement of his own after Pakistan released the readout:

“The Pakistani government has released a readout of the President-elect’s call with PM Sharif. I believe that President-elect Trump would make supportive and kind statements about the Pakistani people and PM Sharif. President-elect Trump extends a hand in peace and friendship to all countries and all people who will deal fairly with the United States and who seek a more peaceful and prosperous world. Under a Trump administration, we will put America first, and will support alliances around the world that benefit the stability and welfare of all people.

“President-elect Trump has said that under a Trump administration, the U.S. and India will be “best friends”, and that he loves the Hindu and Indian people, and particularly admires Prime Minister Modi.

“I know that India wants peace with Pakistan, and believe that many of the people of Pakistan seek peace with their neighbors and would like to stamp out radical Islamic terror. Some of Pakistan’s leaders, as well, have expressed these intentions and have a wonderful relationship with India’s leaders. President-elect Trump knows who are the true friends of the U.S. in the region. I know that President-elect Trump and the incoming administration will do everything it can to encourage these intentions and foster constructive relationships which will pay dividends on peace and prosperity in Asia and throughout the world.”

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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