In the wake to fight against terrorism, Two American Congressmen have introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives to designate ‘Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.’
An act, H.R 6069 or the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, enjoins the US administration to make a formal call on the matter within four months of its passage.
This bill has been introduced by Republican Poe along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the Democratic Party, who is Ranking member of this influential Congressional Committee on terrorism.
Congressman Ted Poe, who is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism said that “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,” Poe said.
The President will have to issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State will have to 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, Poe said.
On the other hand, Congressman Pete Olson supported every effort to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Uri terror attack by saying I strongly condemn this terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir that resulted in the death of 18 Indian soldiers. India is a strong partner and ally in peace.
“I support every effort to find out who committed this heinous act, so that the perpetrators are brought to justice and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victim, Olson said.