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VHP warns CIA of campaign over ‘militant organisation’ tag in its factbook

SNS | New Delhi |

After being branded as a militant outfit by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of United States, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday threatened to launch an international movement against the US intelligence agency.

VHP has warned the CIA to change its classification of the Hindu group as a religious militant organisation asserting that it is a nationalist group which works for the betterment of the country.

It added that the allegations made by the CIA are baseless and false.

The organisation has urged the Indian government to take up  the matter with the US.

VHP leader Surendra Jain demanded an apology from CIA and asked it to rectify its mistake.

Releasing a statement, the VHP highlighted a map of India which is used by the CIA and underlined how it shows significant portions of Jammu and Kashmir as non-Indian territory. According to the VHP, this “vindicated” the agency’s “anti-India mindset”, reported the India Today.

In its recent edition of the ‘World Factbook’, which is annually released, the CIA labelled the VHP and Bajrang Dal as religious militant organisations.

The agency categorised them under “political pressure groups”, defined as organisations that are involved in politics or that exert political pressure but whose leaders do not stand for legislative election.

According to the report, the RSS was listed as “nationalist organisation”, while the Hurriyat Conference has been categorised as a “separatist group”.