McCain has moved a legislative amendment in the Senate to impose gradual diplomatic, military and economic costs on Pakistan if it continues to provide support to the terrorist groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani network, reports Press Trust of India.
McCain moved his amendment to the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018, in the American Senate with an intention to establish lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and prevent that war-torn country from being used as launch pad for terrorists against the United States.
McCain is chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee and legislative moves by him always get through the Congress.
The amendment stated that it is the sense of the US Congress to deny, disrupt, degrade, and destroy the ability of terrorist groups to conduct attacks against the US, its allies, and its core interests. The amendment also allows it to prevent Taliban from using military force to overthrow the Afghan Government and reduce the Taliban's control of the Afghan population.
McCain called for strengthening the Afghan security forces, authorization of the US forces to target the terrorists of the Haqqani network and the Taliban and other groups. He included India for regional diplomatic initiatives under this move.
The legislative amendment calls for “simultaneously outlining the potential benefits of a long-term United States-Pakistan strategic partnership that could result from the cessation by Pakistan of support for all terrorist and insurgent groups and constructive role in bringing about a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.”
Moved in the Senate on Thursday, the amendment also calls for intensifying America’s regional diplomatic efforts working through flexible frameworks for regional dialogue together with Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and other nations to promote political reconciliation in Afghanistan.
The move is also aimed towards advance regional cooperation on issues such as border security, intelligence sharing, counter-narcotics, transportation, and trade to reduce mistrust and build confidence among regional states.
“For 55 years in a row, Congress has passed the National Defence Authorization Act, which provides our men and women in uniform with the resources, capabilities, and pay and benefits that they need to perform their missions on behalf of the American people and keep our country safe. This legislation is more vital than ever,” McCain said.
“Global terrorist networks, increasing great power competition with Russia and China, malign Iranian influence spreading across the Middle East, a North Korean dictator racing to acquire missiles that can hit the United States with nuclear weapons - the threats to our national security have not been more complex or daunting than at any time in the past seven decades,” he said.