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Uri attack: US lawmakers introduce bill to declare Pakistan State Sponsor of terror

Introduced by Congressman Ted Poe with Dana Rohrabache, the 'Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act' comes in wake of the recent Uri attack where 18 soldiers were killed on the base in Kashmir.

By: | Updated: September 21, 2016 9:47 AM
pak-reu-L “It is time we stopped 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 US for years” said Congressman Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism. (Reuters)

In what can leave Pakistan red-faced, a bi-partisan group of two US lawmakers have introduced an act in the US House of Representatives to signate Pakistan a State Sponsor of terrorism. Introduced by Congressman Ted Poe with Dana Rohrabache, the ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ comes in wake of the recent Uri attack where 18 soldiers were killed on the Army base in Kashmir.

“It is time we stopped 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 US for years” said Congressman Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism. Poe added that Pakistan was involved in the case of Osama Bin Laden and has had a close relationship with the Haqqani network and this hints at its nature to support terror.

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The bill will require the Obama Administration to formally address it. After which the President must issue a report within 90 days detailing whether Pakistan has provided support to international terrorism or not.

“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.

Calling it a “latest consequence of Pakistan’s longstanding irresponsible policy” of supporting and providing operational space for all stripes of jihadi terrorist groups, Poe said, “We condemn this tragic attack, as well as Pakistan’s support for many criminals like ones who carried it out. Its reckless behaviour in this regard is a serious security risk to its neighbors, and India unfortunately pays price for it all too often.”

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In the wee hours of Sunday, four heavily armed militants stormed in the rear base of 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters, wherein after hours of gunfight and multiple explosions, 18 army soldiers were killed while several others were injured. Investigators from the Army are looking at the possibility that the militants might have been guided to the attack site by some familiar person with the layout of the headquarters. Sources also suggest that they were even aware of the location of the office and residence of the brigade commander.

Sources also maintain that in a bid to corner Pakistan at an international level, the government has decided to field External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, to raise the terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot in her speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Septemeber 26.

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