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Bill moves in US to designate Pak as terrorist state

Two lawmakers proposed a bill in U.S Congress to entitle Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

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Publish Date: Sep 21 2016 12:18PM | Updated Date: Sep 21 2016 12:18PM

Bill moves in US to designate Pak as terrorist state

A major setback for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as two American lawmakers proposed the legislation in the US Congress and asks to designate Pakistan as a state which sponsors terrorism.


Bill H.R 6069 or the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act is to make a formal call on the matter within four months of its passage. A report has to be fine within 90 days 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.


The bill was moved 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.


''Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years. From harboring Osama bin Laden to Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on. And it's not America's,'' Poe said.


The bill is largely symbolic considering the current Congress is now in its final days and only a small fraction of the thousands of bill become law in any case. But it is powerful expression of the mood among lawmakers increasingly agitated about Pakistan's backing of terror groups.