Congressman Ted Poe, an influential U.S. lawmaker, has introduced a bill in the Congress that pushes the American government to declare Pakistan a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
The Congressman has also sought a “radical reset” of ties with Islamabad.
Congressman Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, introduced the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act (HR 1449) in the US House of Representatives.
Introducing the bill, Mr. Poe said: “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,” the Texas lawmaker said.
“It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” he said.
The bill requires U.S. President Donald Trump to issue a report within 90 days, detailing whether Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.
Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State is required to a submit a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is a “state sponsor of terrorism,” or a detailed justification why it does not meet the legal criteria for such a designation.