US lawmakers move bill to designate Pakistan a terror sponsor state

| Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 16:20
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New Delhi: A bipartisan group of two American lawmakers has proposed a bill in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.

“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, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.

The ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ (HR 6069) has been introduced by Ted Poe along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

“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.

Condemning the Uri attack, Poe said Pak’s reckless behavior is a serious security risk to its neighbors and India unfortunately pays price all too often.

Congressman Pete Olson also condemned the Uri terrorist attack that resulted in the death of 18 soldiers.

“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.

Speaking on the bill, Poe said that Obama administration will need to formally answer the question whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.



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