At the time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is drumming up support for Pakistan over Kashmir, two US Congressmen have brought about a piece of legislation, tabled in the US House of Representatives, for its approval to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state.
This would be the ‘inversion ultime’ for Pakistan when Sharif would address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21.
Congressman Ted Poe from Texas, chairperson, House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California, a votary of the Baloch cause, introduced the bill.
Poe, while announcing the bill, said “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, it has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years. From giving refuge to Osama bin Laden to its ties with the Haqanni network, there’s proof whose side Pakistan is on in the war against terror. It’s time we designate Pakistan for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism.”
Condemning the Uri terror attack, he said it is a result of Pakistan’s devil-may-care attitude giving operational space for all jihadi terrorist groups. Pakistan’s behavior is a security risk to its neighbours and India pays the price frequently.
If passed, the Bill will require President Barack Obama to compose a report within three months whether Pakistan had supported global terrorism. Later, the US Secretary of State will determine Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism, or explain why not.
Thus is not the first time that such a move (to designate Pakistan as a terrorist state) has been taken. Such a step was discussed in 1993 after the Mumbai serial blasts.
While this was so, Indian-Americans continued to call for declaring Pakistan terrorist state. Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA said, “Pakistan has been pursuing for 30 years state sponsored terrorism as its strategic policy to further its sinister designs across its borders. It is isolated in the global community and turning into a rogue state,” said.