Bill tabled in US House of Representatives to revoke Pakistan’s ally status

Introduced by Republican Congressman Ted Poe and Democratic lawmaker Rick Nolan, the legislation calls for revoking MNNA status of Pakistan, which was granted to it in 2004 by the then president, George Bush

By: PTI | Washington | Published:June 23, 2017 11:21 am
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A bipartisan bill seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as major non-NATO ally (MNNA) to the US has been introduced in the House of Representatives by two top lawmakers, saying the country failed to effectively fight terrorism.

Introduced by Republican Congressman Ted Poe and Democratic lawmaker Rick Nolan, the legislation calls for revoking MNNA status of Pakistan, which was granted to it in 2004 by the then president, George Bush, in an effort to get the country to help the US fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

“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, Non-proliferation and Trade.

“For years, Pakistan has acted as a Benedict Arnold ally of the United States. From harbouring Osama bin laden to backing the Taliban, Pakistan has stubbornly refused to go after, in any meaningful way, terrorists that actively seek to harm opposing ideologies,” he said.

“We must make a clean break with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process granting them a privileged status reserved for our closest allies,” Poe said.

Under MNNA, a country is eligible for priority delivery of defence materials, an expedited arms sale process and a US loan guarantee programme, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports.

It can also stockpile US military hardware, participate in defence research and development programmes and be sold more sophisticated weaponry.

Last August, the then Secretary of Defence, Ash Carter, withheld USD 300 million in military reimbursements because he could not certify that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, as required by the NDAA.

“Time and time again, Pakistan has taken advantage of America’s goodwill and demonstrated that they are no friend and ally of the United States,” Nolan said.

“The fact is, the billions of dollars we have sent to Pakistan over the last 15 years has done nothing to effectively fight terrorism and make us safer. It is time to wake up to the fact that Pakistan has ties to the same terrorist organisations which they claim to be fighting,” he said.

The legislation will protect American taxpayer dollars and make the US and the world safer, Nolan said.

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    Raj Parwani
    Jun 24, 2017 at 12:15 am
    US has no guts to go against Pakistan, they know how much influence Pakistan has not just in Afghanistan but most of the central Asia and middle east. If US could go against Pakistan they would have done it right after nine eleven. On top of that they cannot punish Pakistan cause they will never be able to pass a security council resolution against Pakistan due to China. They cannot isolate Pak from Muslim world cause Pakistan army is responsible of protecting Saudi Arabia. All US could do is stop paying dollars to Pak which isn't a problem cause China is injecting big money in CPEC, American money seems like peanuts against what chine is investing in Pakistan. On top of all last time when Pakistan blocked US/Nato supply line their army started starving for food, so they wouldn't want to push Pakistan to black Nato supply again. Overall US is in a very week position to dictate anything to Pakistan.
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      narayan kutty
      Jun 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm
      BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
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        MS
        Jun 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
        Let's see if USA has guts to go against Pakistan. We can stop their supply lines to Afghanistan any time and let them fend with Afghan Mujahideens. This may be news in India but for Pakistan it is nothing.
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          sochee
          Jun 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm
          Yes Pork can cut off American supply route to Af Why didn't they do it after American Secretary of State refused to release $300 million to them and stopped delivery of F16 fighter planes?That action by America has effectively stripped Pakistan of the MNNA status! Now if Pakistan blocks American supply to Afghanistan there will be a major flare up in Baluchistan threatening Gowadar. That is a pressure point where China is weakest likeAmerica in North Korea.Will China allow it to happen that way? Americans know this. That is why they have moved formally to show Pakistan her place.
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          Simpleton
          Jun 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm
          To keep "growing influence" of India and keep regional power "balance", USA will continue its policy of supporting this terrorist nation called papisthan even if it bleeds Americans dearly (as happened in September, 2001).
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            k.madhukar
            Jun 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm
            Yes ,some times, USA likes to give an expensive stick to its unreliable friends, to get beaten and enjoy it and calls it long term strategy
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