Declare Pakistan sponsor of terror, seeks White House petition

To qualify for a response from the Obama administration, the petition needs to be signed by at least 1 lakh petitioners

In the wake of Uri attack and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the United Nations, a White House petition to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism has been launched by the Indian-American community in the US.

The petition said: “This petition is important to the people of United States of America, India and many other countries which are continuously affected by Pakistan sponsored terrorism.”

According to a report in PTI, to  qualify for a response from the Obama administration, the petition needs to be signed by at least 1 lakh petitioners.

An initiative of US President Barack Obama, “We, the People”, the online petition service at the White House website provides a window to American citizens to campaign before the administration on a particular issue.

The petition was launched soon after two US Congressman – Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Dana Rohrabacher, introduced HR 6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act in the House of Representatives. The Bill was sent to House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.

Simultaneously, the US India Political Action Committee yesterday launched a nationwide effort to canvass Indian Americans to get their local legislators’ support to HR 6069.

Introducing the Bill in the US House of Representatives, Peo said: “It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is, a state sponsor of terrorism.”

“Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years. From harbouring 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,” Poe claimed.

If passed, the Bill will require the US President to issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism, he said.