The move testifies to growing sophistication of relationships between the two apparently leading allies in the ‘war against terror.’ The bill, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act or HR 6069, enjoins the US administration to make a formal call on the matter within four months of its passage.
The bill was transferred by ‘well-known Indian lobbyists’ Congressman Ted Poe from Texas and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California. “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also assisted and abetted enemies of the United States for years. From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cosy 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 quit paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.
In another statement, Poe condemned the strike on the Uri military camp saying it was the “latest outcome of Pakistan’s longstanding irresponsible policy of supporting and providing space that is functional for ‘jihadi’ terrorist groups.”
“Pakistan’s dangerous behaviour in this respect is a serious security danger to its neighbors India and – regrettably pays the price too regularly. We condemn this terrible assault, along with Pakistan’s support for many offenders like the ones who carried it out, and stand firm in our dedication to our buddies in India,” Poe said.
In the new turn of events, the ‘terrorist tag’ to Pakistan appealed even more following the arrest of the Ny serial bomber who is now widely believed to have been radicalised after lengthy stays in Pakistan.
The developments come before the UN, in which he is expected to highlight India’s human rights infringement and the “Kashmir dilemma” in the state.