Weekly Current Affairs

Terror-sponsor Pakistan backs LeT, JeM: U.S. Bill [IR, Security]

  • A new Bill moved in the U.S House of Representatives in the wake of terrorist attack on an Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir prods the administration to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • 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 lists Inter-Services Intelligence’s (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 Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continued to cooperate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan.”
  • The Bill envisages a two-step process towards designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • If enacted into law, it will require the administration to submit to Congress a report within 90 days, determining whether the Government of Pakistan, including any agents or instrumentalities “committed, conspired to commit, attempted, aided, or abetted any such act” referred in the Bill.
  • Within 30 days after the first report, the Secretary of State will be required to submit another report explaining whether any of these acts constitute support for international terrorism and “a determination that the Government of Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism.”
  • If the administration decides not to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism, it will have to give “a detailed justification.”