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US lawmakers introduce bill labelling Pakistan 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Poe, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism said, 'It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism.' In photo: Ted Poe (L) and Dana Rohrabacher.? Photograph: (AFP)

WION Washington, United States Sep 21, 2016, 03.14 AM (IST)
The US House of Representatives has introduced the 'Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act', a bill which labels Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, the Press Trust of India reported. 

The bill was introduced by Republicans Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher.

Poe, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism said, "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," he said. 

"From harbouring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it's not America's," he added. 

PTI reported Poe as saying US President Barack Obama will have to issue a report stating whether Pakistan has backed international terrorism or not within 90 days.  

"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.

Congressman Pete Olson condemned the Uri attack and said, "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. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims," he said. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)
 
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