The most popular petition on the websites of White House so far asking for the declaration of Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism has been shut on by the white House on being suspected as fraud.
The White House in a blurb captioned, 'Closed Petition', has declared that the petition has been closed and it can no longer be signed.“This petition has been archived because it did not meet the signature requirements. It can no longer be signed,” the website reads. According to reports, supporters of the petition had until October 21, to get a total of 100,000 signatures in order to receive a response from the White House. The petition was closed at a count of 646,564 signatures.
While the website failed to mention anything regarding the petition being fraudulent, a White House official told the media on that there were “some technical issues with some of the signatures” which needed to be looked into. Some of the signatures “could potentially be removed if there is evidence of fraud” consistent with the terms of participation, the official added.
To receive a response from the White House the petition had to gather 100,000 signatures until October 21, under the rules of the programme that initiated such petitions.
The petition had 625,723 signatures at the time of closure but the White House said the page might have included fake signatures.
This petition was launched on a web page of White House called "We the People", which is open to all and hence, does not enjoy the security that other protected government web pages do.
The petitioners, who were mostly US citizens of Indian origin, had claimed that the designation was "important to the people of United States of America, India and many other countries which are constantly being affected by Pakistan sponsored terrorism".
The Indian community in the United States was hugely disappointed on the decision to end the petition; they were hoping to compel the US administration to take a public position against Pakistan on this matter.
Pakistani-Americans also had introduced a "We the People" petition, seeking to designate India a terrorist state.