Sikh judge pans US war on terror - in US embassy

April 15th, 2008 - 11:36 am ICT by admin  

By Dipankar De Sarkar
London, April 15 (IANS) Britain’s most senior Indian-origin judge scolded the US for its ‘War on Terror’ while delivering an address at a unique Baisakhi day event at the American embassy in London. “We are meeting today not in India, but in England, and notionally on American soil at the embassy,” Justice Mota Singh, the first Asian judge in Britain, told a large gathering of Sikhs at the embassy Monday. All three countries were characterised by multi-faith and multi-cultural societies, he said before expressing concern that American Sikhs had been targeted for violence in the aftermath of the terror attacks of Sep 11, 2001.

“No one can quarrel with the Americans’ relentless pursuit of those involved in the perpetration of that tragedy to see that they are brought to justice,” he said.

“At the same time, one cannot ignore the view - being constantly expressed now - that an unfortunate and inevitable consequence…has been the escalation rather than the curtailment of terrorist activity,” Singh said in the presence of the American cultural attach

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