Even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief is trying to drum up support for alleged rights violations in Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, a US lawmaker has moved a bill to have the US administration declare Pakistan as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism.’
Congressman Ted Poe, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act on Tuesday.
“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. This bill will require the Administration to formally answer this question, Poe said.
“The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is state sponsor of terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation. It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is using the on-going crisis in Jammu and Kashmir to press its demand for American intervention. “I still remember (former) President (Bill) Clinton’s promise that the U.S. will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India,” Sharif told US State Department spokesperson John Kirby, according to Pakistan’s statement.
However the US statement made no mention of it. US maintains that India and Pakistan must resolve issues bilaterally. “The Prime Minister and Secretary Kerry expressed strong concern with recent violence in Kashmir — particularly the army base attack — and the need for all sides to reduce tensions,” Kirby said.
The Pakistani leadership has evaded questions about Sunday's deadly attack in which 18 soldiers were killed at an army base in Uri by terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad, whose chief Masood Azhar is based in Pakistan, NDTV reported Tuesday.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is attending the UN meet, waved aside Indian journalists who tried to question him on the Uri attack.
In the wake of attack on Uri, India has vowed to isolate Pakistan internationally by highlighting its alleged support to terror elements.