United States’ lawmakers have introduced a legislation in US Congress to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism, media reported.
The Bill was introduced by Congressman Ted Poe from Texas, who is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California, who is a strong votary of the Baloch cause.
Congressman Ted Poe said: “It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism.”
The move was supported by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the Democratic Party, the ranking member of the sub-committee on terrorism.
Poe, along with Rohrabacher, introduced the ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ (HR 6069). Poe said: “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years.”
“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.
“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 alleged.
The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism, he said.