A bipartisan group of two strong American lawmakers has introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan 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, 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 alleged.
“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 said.
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.
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 all efforts 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,” said Olson.
“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,” he added.
Indian-Americans continued to call for designating Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.