Washington, September 21: Three days after Uri terror attacks that claimed lives of 18 Indian soldiers, two lawmakers from the United States have introduced a bill in the senate to designate Pakistan as terrorist state, which can be seen as a humiliating setback for Islamabad ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech before world leaders at United Nations General Assembly. The bill has been moved by senators is knowns as the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, enjoins the US administration to make a formal call on the matter within four months. A detail report will be submitted to United States President within 90 days where the senators will provide details Pakistan in any ways has provided support for international terrorism in anyways.
According to reports, thirty days after the report ios submitted, the Secretary of State will issue a follow-up report containing a determination that Pakistan sponsor terrorism or the country has to give detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for the designation. Congressman Ted Poe from Texas, who is head of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a senator from California has moved the bill in the US senate. The duo US lawmakers are a strong votary of the Balochistan cause. According to Times of India, Poe was quoted saying that, Pakistan is an untrustworthy ally of the United States who had also aided and abetted enemies of the United State for years. He said, “Pakistan has harbored 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”. (Also Read: Uri Terror Attack: Badla! Badla lo’- Shiv Sena tells Centre to take revenge from Pakistan)
The Congress who are now entering its final days with United States Presidential elections due in few days the bill is largely symbolic as a small fraction of the thousands of bill become law in any case. Report suggests that it is a powerful expression of the mood among US senator who seems to be agitated about Pakistan’s ceaseless backing of terror groups that are taking American and Indian lives. “It is a time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is a state sponsor of terrorism,” Ted Poe said.
In a separate statement ahead of the bill, the US lawmaker condemned the terrorist attack on the Uri military camp in India, saying this is just the “latest consequence of Pakistan’s longstanding irresponsible policy of supporting and providing operational space for all stripes of jihadi terrorist groups”. In last few years, this is the first time when US lawmakers had started a formally designated talk to label Pakistan as a terrorist state. Such designated talks were discussed in 1993 after Pakistan supported sleuths from Mumbai underworld and engineered the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts in which 259 people were killed.
Instead of several proofs of Pakistan’s involvement were proved in 1993 serial bombings, Islamabad escaped unpunished as the country was labelled as an ally in the war on terror. But after Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in Abbottabad, where he was hiding for several years, many US generals and officials believe that Pakistan has played a double game – ripping off American taxpayer dollars from a pliant US administration while nurturing terrorists who kill not just Indians, but also America civilians and soldiers. The Uri attack and crisis in Kashmir had bubbled over literally on the morning of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech before the UN, in which he is expected to highlight the “Kashmir issue” and human rights violation in the Valley.