Calling Pakistan an ally that supports multiple terrorist organizations, the United States (US) Congress has made passage to an act that will be a major dampener for Islamabad to extract funds in the name of fighting terror.
US Congress on Friday in a landmark judgement passed National Defence Authorization Act for 2017 as per which now the US Secretary of Defence will have to ensure that Pakistan is not providing any military, financial, or logistical support to anyone designated as a terrorist group operating in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Republican Congressman Ted Poe who created the passage for the amendment in the Act said that the current limitations on military reimbursement funding to Pakistan only apply to one terrorist group — the Haqqani Network.
“Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan’s betrayal of the US with the addition of an additional certification requirement,” he said.
Coming hard on Pakistan, Poe added, “Pakistan is a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organizations, inc. groups that Americans working to stabilize Afghanistan.”
In a statement released by the Republican, he said, “Today, the House-passed bipartisan National Defence Authorization Act that helps to rebuild our military, increases funding to close readiness gaps, and gives our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years.”
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— Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) July 14, 2017
Poe had included an amendment to the act stating that it was required for the Pentagon to assess “Pakistan’s support for known terrorists” before handing over US dollars to Islamabad.
The Republican is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade besides representing the state of Texas.
Earlier in the day, US House of Representatives has cleared a bill of USD 621.5 billion that aims to boost defence cooperation with India.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera had moved an amendment in this regard which was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, starting October 1 this year.
Bera emphasised that it was important for US and India to develop a strategy in order to boost defence cooperation between the two countries.