Time for Pakistan to introspect?


Two United States (US) lawmakers have moved a bill in Congress seeking designation of Pakistan as a “state sponsor of terrorism.” The bill titled the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act was introduced by Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism Ted Poe and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at a time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in the US to address the UN General Assembly session. In the bill, serious allegations have been made against Pakistan in which it has been termed an “untrustworthy ally.” It has been alleged that from harbouring Osama bin Laden to its cosy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. The bill has also suggested the US administration to stop all aid to Pakistan and declare it a state sponsor of terrorism. In the past, Rohrabacher has accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists, launching attacks inside India and of selling nuclear technology to other nations.