With every passing day, it appears that the relations between the so-called allies in the War on Terror, United States of America and Pakistan are becoming strained. In a recent turn of events, two US lawmakers have moved a bill in congress to designate Pakistan as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ and deal with the country accordingly.
According to a report published in the Times of India on Wednesday, this bill termed as HR 6069 or Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, bids the US administration to make a formal call on the matter within four months of its passage.
During this time, the President of the United States will have to issue a report within 90 days, followed by the Secretary of State will determine during the remaining 30 days whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. In case it is decided that Pakistan is not a terrorist state, then a detailed justification has to be provided of the reason for doing so.
The bill was initiated by Congressman Ted Poe, who is a ‘renowned Indian lobbyist’ from Texas and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California.
“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 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,” Poe said in a statement on Tuesday announcing the bill. ”It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.
This move has shocked many Pakistanis and what remains to be seen is whether the bill will be approved or not.