According to media reports on Thursday, a US Congress member who is known for his hatred for Pakistan introduced a bill in Congress to declare Pakistan an “untrustworthy ally” and a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
Congressman Ted Poe, who is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism said that “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.”
He also said while introducing the bill that “From harbouring 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.”
US President has to issue a report on bill 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.
Such kind of bill was also presented last year under Obama’s administration and there was no time to discuss and formally convince Congress why the United States should continue to consider Pakistan an ally in the war against terrorism.