US lawmaker moves bill to declare Pakistan a state-sponsor of terror

Pakistan recently put Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, but the US has made clear it wants Islamabad to do more in its counterterrorism efforts

Senior United States lawmaker Ted Poe, who has called for a “radical reset” of ties with Pakistan, on Thursday introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives proposing that Pakistan be declared 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,” the Republican from Texas, who heads the House’s sub-committee on terrorism and non-proliferation, said while introducing the bill.

“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.”

The legislation (HR1449), called the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2017, requires US President Donald Trump to submit a report within 90 days of its enactment if Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. After 30 days, the secretary of state will be required to file a report saying Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism, or cite justification why it is not.

The new congress may just have picked up from where the last one left off, during with lawmakers of both chambers frequently referred to Pakistan as a “duplicitous ally” and a “frenemy” and asked for it to be named a state-sponsor of terrorism.

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Source By http://www.hindustantimes.com

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