Petition seeking to declare Pak 'terror sponsor' makes record

Washington, Oct 5: More than 50,000 new signatures have been added to the final count of the White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, making it the most popular US petition so far.

The petition, "We the people ask the administration to declare Pakistan, State Sponsor of Terrorism (HR 6069)", was archived by the White House on Monday with 613,830 signatures.

By yesterday afternoon, the number of signatures on the petition had increased to 665,769, a jump of 51,939 signs.

This is believed to be the most popular White House petition so far as the highest number of signatures received by any White House petition so far had not crossed 350,000.

There has been no explanation from the White House so far.

However, it is possible that these signatures, which were signed before the petition was closed by the White House, were added to the final tally after being duly verified.

In that case, the chances of a fraud being committed appears unlikely.

Another possibility could be that the petition was flooded with signatures. And since the petition had already reached the mandatory threshold of 100,000 to earn a response from the Obama administration, a decision could have been taken to archive it stop accepting any new signature.

The White House is expected to have an official response to the petition within stipulated 60 days. Meanwhile, the White House is still looking for signatures that did not meet the criteria for the petition which was created on September 21 by someone who identified himself with initials R G, after Congressman Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher introduced a bill in the US House of Representative, seeking to designate Pakistan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.