Texas Congressman moves to have Pakistan declared a 'state sponsor of terrorism'
Two United States lawmakers moved a bill in Congressseeking designation of Pakistan as a 'state sponsor of terrorism' on Wednesday.It is pretty clear that Pakistan has been playing a double game ever since 9-11. What the congressmen say about it is certainly true. The reason it has been tolerated is because the US supply lines for its operations in Afghanistan go through Pakistan and it is also the route of withdrawal. That is also a reality. When the war in Afghanistan started the US threatened Pakistan that if they did not cooperate they would be risking war with the US. that is no longer a credible threat with this administration.
The bill titled the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act was introduced by Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism Ted Poe and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at a time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in the US to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Congressman Poe termed Pakistan an "untrustworthy ally" which he alleged "has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years".
"From harbouring Osama bin Laden to its cosy 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," Poe said.
"It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism," the lawmaker said.
He added that US President Barack Obama must issue a report within 90 days of passage of the bill detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for 'international terrorism'.
"Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is state sponsor of terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation," he said.