A mountain of trouble has erupted in Pakistan. Due to Pakistan’s economic plight, allies are also reluctant to help it. Now there is a bad news for Pakistan from America. A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives against Pakistan, which seeks to strip it of its status as a major non-NATO ally. The bill requires the US president to certify Pakistan every year to continue its non-NATO ally status with certain conditions.
This bill (HR 80) was introduced in the US Congress by Congressman Andy Biggs. According to a report by news agency PTI, the Bill has now been sent to a committee of the Ministry of External Affairs for necessary action. Following this, the bill will be passed in the US House and Senate. If the bill passes both houses, it will be sent to the President of the United States to be signed into law.
Generally, such bills do not pass the US Congress. But the current bill shows that US members of Congress are very angry about Pakistan-backed terrorism.
The bill also states that for Pakistan to continue as a major non-NATO ally, the US president must issue a certificate every year with certain conditions. In recent times, Pakistan has been quick to arrest and prosecute senior Haqqani leaders and their operatives. The Haqqani Network has also expressed its commitment to prevent any Pakistani territory from being used as a safe haven.
The US President will issue the certificate only after seeing the steps taken by Pakistan against terrorism.
Passage of the bill in parliament and presidential certification – both conditions – will be a major challenge for Pakistan, as many in the US consider the Haqqani network to be an offshoot of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.
The bill seeks a certification from the US president that the US is working with Afghanistan to interdict terrorists such as the Haqqani network along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
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