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US Lawmaker Moves Bill to Name Pakistan a Terrorist Sponsor State

US Lawmaker Moves  Bill to Name Pakistan a  Terrorist Sponsor State

KABUL - An influential U.S. Congressman on Friday introduced a strongly worded bill in the United States Congress to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, media reports said.
"Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years," said Congressman Ted Poe, who is Chair of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.
"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. It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: A state sponsor of terrorism," Poe said while introducing the bill, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2015, in Congress yesterday.
The bill requires the US President to issue a report within 90 days, answering whether Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State is required to submit a follow-up report, which says that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism, or a detailed justification as to why it does not meet the legal criteria for such a designation.
It's time for a "radical reset" with Pakistan, said Congressman Poe and James Clad, a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia, in an article in Nationalinterest.org dated March 8. They say the US is in "a toxic relationship" with Pakistan and needs to "to finally set limits on its indulgence" towards Islamabad.
The authors of the article are scathing about the US-Pakistan relationship. They describe it as a "weird psychology" at play.
'Weird psychology' between US, Pak
"Pakistan has become a quasi-adversary, receiving hundreds of billions through the years in direct and indirect U.S. support+ , a strange hostage-like arrangement in which we pay Islamabad to do what it should be doing anyway to protect its own domestic security and buttress Afghan stability," Poe and Clad wrote.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s deputy spokesman Jawed Faisal told TOLOnews that world pressures should be mounted on Pakistan.
“No doubt Pakistan is a supporter of terrorists. World pressures should be increased on Pakistan in order to ensure peace in Afghanistan and eliminate terrorists in the region,” Faisal said.
“Now that the world has noticed that our neighboring country Pakistan should be named as state sponsor of terrorism, I think that it is not late. I believe that the efforts will have a positive impact in fighting terrorism,” MP Fawzia Kofi said. (Tolonews)