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The 29-second advertisement begins with a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has a map of Pakistan, which includes disputed PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) as its territory

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Tampa, November 3, 2016: On Indian-American television channels,  a Republican Hindu organisation is running anti-Hillary Clinton advertisement attacking the Democratic presidential candidate as “sympathetic towards Pakistan” and her longtime aide for her Pakistani origin.

According to PTI report, the 29-second advertisement begins with a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has a map of Pakistan, which includes disputed PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) as its territory.

“Hillary, sympathetic towards Pakistan gave billions of dollars in aid and military equipment used against India. She was instrumental in blocking PM Modi’s visa. (She) takes contributions from countries and individuals known to support radical Islam,” says the commercial endorsed by the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC).

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Apart from that, the commercial also doesn’t spare former US president and Clinton’s husband Bill, and her longtime aide Huma Abedin.

According to PTI report, “her current aide Huma Abedin is of Pakistani origin and will become chief of staff if she wins. Her husband Bill Clinton wants to give Kashmir to Pakistan,” says RHC and calls on Americans to “Vote Republican – great for you, great for US-Indian relations and great for America.”

Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1976 to Syed Zainul Abedin, from Delhi, and Saleha Mahmood Abedin. She belongs to a family where her mother is of Pakistani origin and her father is from India. Later, the family moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when Abedin was two-year-old.

RHC’s head Shalabh Kumar did not respond to questions on the ad that began airing days ahead of the November 8 polls.

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He, however, has told The New York Post that “Huma in general is as pro-terrorist as you could be… she’s got a really dark background. I can’t even fathom. I don’t understand why Hillary will associate herself with Huma.”

Kumar mentioned that RHC is heavily involved in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Further, Indian-American supporters of Clinton slammed RHC for its commercial. “This advertisement is misleading, incorrect and false,” said a fund-raiser for Clinton campaign Ajay Jain Bhutoria. He alleged that, just before US presidential election is knocking at the door, Donald Trump and RHC are misleading the community with false facts.

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According to PTI report, “Trump showed disrespect for Indians and has mocked Indian call-centre workers at an election rally earlier this year. Trump has created conflict between Hindus and Muslims… India and Pakistanis in USA. We left these kind of religion-based politics back in our home country,” said Bhutoria.

Bhutoria said Hillary Clinton has built strong relations with India as the first lady and later as secretary of state.

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“No incoming US president has had the level of interaction with India that Hillary has had. Her trip in 1995 helped paved the way years later for President Bill Clinton’s historic visit to India in 2000. Hillary has walked that extra mile for India,” he said.

“As US Senator, Hillary Clinton was co-chair of the Senate India Caucus. And as US Secretary of State she made multiple visits, during which she highlighted the need for India to ‘not just look east, but engage east and act east’ — a mantra Modi government subsequently adopted,” Bhutoria further added.

– prepared by NewsGram Team with inputs from PTI.

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