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US House bill seeks to designate Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism

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A new bill moved in the U.S House of Representatives in the wake of the terrorist attack on an Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir prods the administration to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill is sponsored by Ted Poe from Texas who is also the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Dana Rohrabacher from California. Both are Republicans.

The ‘‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2016” calls on the U.S. administration to provide a report on whether or not Pakistan qualifies as such under various U.S. laws. The bill underlines multiple facts that the members think make Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill lists Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) involvement in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan and quotes the Department of State’s 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism that “Pakistan has not taken sufficient action against groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continued to cooperate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan.” – READ MORE

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