Despite the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly, two US lawmakers have moved a Bill in the Congress seeking to designate Pakistan as a State sponsor of terrorism. The ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2016’ is put forward by two Republican legislators Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher. The Bill calls upon the US government to give a report on whether Pakistan qualifies as a State sponsor of terrorism.
Backing these views, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has proposed a similar Bill. He has even written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to declare Pakistan a “terror State”. In his letter, the copy of which is available with The Kochi Post, the MP has written, “As the world condemns Pakistan today and US lawmakers have also introduced a bill H.R 6069 or The Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act in the Senate for consideration, the country has your relentless efforts of diplomacy over the last two years to thank for it. However, I wish to draw your attention to the need for the Government of India to also declare Pakistan a terror State.”
A private member’s Bill and a resolution titled ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terror’ will be prepared from the MP’s office and presented in the Upper House of Parliament. This is expected to be considered in the Winter Session.