Pakistan must be held responsible for duplicity on terrorism: US lawmaker
Indian Defence News: Pakistan has long history of duplicity, must be held responsible: US lawmaker
Washington: Disappointed and frustrated with Pakistan’s duplicity where the US is concerned, a top American Congressman has written an editorial as to why Pakistan must be held responsible for acting against US interests.
In a statement issued in The Washington Times, Ted Poe has expressed his opinion on their old ally Pakistan as the ugliest. He says the good ones are allies and partners with whom America shares common interests and values, while the bad ones are countries that sponsor terrorism and not only “undermine” America’s goals but also “flaunt their disdain for the Unites States. Poe rates Pakistan in the third category: “the Ugly”.
The US has been reluctant to cut ties or meaningfully confront Pakistan over its treachery because the supply line that keeps the coalition fed and equipped in Afghanistan runs through Pakistan, Republican Congressman Poe said.
“However, this key link does not come free and has even been severed by Pakistan on multiple occasions after violent incidents between their forces and our own,” Poe alleged.
“Pakistan must be held accountable for the American blood on its hands,” said Poe, who is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.
In an effort to get the country to help US fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Pakistan had been granted major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status under George Bush in 2004. One of the legislation’s calls for revoking this special status.
The second legislation is more serious and wants the State Department to take a hard look at Islamabad’s history of sponsoring terror and see whether the nation should be named a state sponsor of terrorism.