Ahead of PM Modi visit, bill tabled in US House to revoke Pakistan's major non-NATO ally status
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-Jun-2017

New York, June 23: The international community now understands well enough about the policies of dual faced Pakistan, who only talks about the peace but actually spreads terrorism, bloodshed in all other countries including India, US, Afghanistan etc. As of now, Pakistan is exposed, key House lawmakers of United States has introduced a bipartisan bill revoking Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status to limit its access to American-made weapons.

 

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rick Nolan (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3000, a bipartisan bill revoking Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status. A bill aims to downgrade Pakistan’s status as a major U.S. ally and limit its access to American-made weapons.

While introducing the bill Congressman Poe said, “Pakistan must be held accountable for the American blood on its hands.” “For years, Pakistan has acted as a Benedict Arnold ally of the United States. From harboring 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,” Poe added.

Pae also 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.”

On the other side, Rick Nolan said “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.” “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 organizations which they claim to be fighting. I am happy to join my colleague Congressman Poe in introducing this important legislation which will protect American taxpayer dollars and make us and the world safer,” he added.

Interestingly, the move comes amid multiple reports the Trump administration will press Islamabad to crack down on Pakistan-based militants like the Haqqani network, which launched attacks in Afghanistan.

BACKGROUND:

In 2004, then-President Bush granted Pakistan MNNA status in an effort to get Pakistan to help the United States fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban. MNNA status is significant, granting critical benefits in the areas of foreign aid and defense cooperation. A MNNA country is eligible for priority delivery of defence material, an expedited arms sale process, and a U.S. loan guarantee program, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. It can also stockpile U.S. military hardware, participate in defense research and development programs, and be sold more sophisticated weaponry.

Pakistan has since become one of the leading recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, as Congress appropriated more than $18 billion in aid between 2002 and 2015, including $7.6 billion in security-related aid.

According to data compiled by the Center for International Policy, Congress was notified in 2014 of more than $600 million in major arms sales to Pakistan, including $200 million in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and GRC43M cutters worth $350 million. In 2015, there was nearly $1 billion in U.S. sales to Pakistan, including Viper attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles. The U.S. subsidized some of this under foreign military financing funds.