In a huge embarrassment to Pakistan, a bilateral group of powerful American lawmakers has introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan a State Sponsor of terrorism.
The ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ (HR 6069) has been introduced by Republican Poe along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the Democratic Party, who is Ranking \member of this influential Congressional Committee on terrorism.
The development comes ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech before the UN General Assembly where he is posed to target India over violence in Kashmir.
“It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” said Congressman Ted Poe, who is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.
“Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years,” Poe said.
“From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s,” he alleged.
Poe said the bill will require the Obama Administration to formally answer this question.
The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism, he said.
“Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is a State Sponsor of terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation,” Poe said.
In a separate statement, Congressman Pete Olson supported every effort to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Uri terrorist attack.
“I strongly condemn this terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that resulted in the death of 18 Indian soldiers. India is a strong partner and ally in peace,” he said.
“I support every effort to find out who committed this heinous act, so that the perpetrators are brought to justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims,” Olson said.
Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus tweeted a story which said the Indian Army had suffered its biggest stack in a decade.
Indian-Americans continued to call for designating Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.
“Pakistan has been pursuing for almost 30 years the state sponsored terrorism as its strategic policy to further its sinister designs across its borders. In the process, Pakistan became a cradle and epicenter of global terrorism. At present it is totally isolated in the global community and turning into a rogue state,” said Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA.
“OFBJP-USA believes that the attack at Indian Army in Uri by Pakistanis should not be termed as another incident of terrorism by infiltrators, but it should be considered as an act of war by Pakistan against India. And India must respond to teach a befitting lesson to Pakistan,” it said.