Bill in US Congress seeks to revoke Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally status
Two major US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to revoke the state of Pakistan as a foreigner outside NATO (MNNA) in the United States, saying that the country has stopped fighting effectively against terrorism .
Introduced by Republican Rep. Ted Poe and Democratic lawmakers Rick Nolan, the law establishes revocation of the MNNA Pakistan condition, which was granted in 2004 by President George Bush in order to lead the country to help states STATE FIGHT -Qaeda and the Taliban.
“Pakistan must hold responsible American blood in its hands,” said Poe, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and chairing the Subcommittee on terrorism, non-proliferation and trade.
“For years, Pakistan has acted as an ally Benedict Arnold of the United States. From the home of Osama bin Laden to support the Taliban, Pakistan has denied to go after, significantly terrorists actively seek to damage opposing ideologies” , He said.
“We must make a clear break with Pakistan, but at least we should stop giving them the ability to get our own sophisticated weaponry in an accelerated process to give them a privileged status reserved for our closest allies,” Poe said.
Under MNNA a country is eligible for the priority delivery of defense teams, an accelerated arms sales process and a credit guarantee program in the United States, which supports loans issued by private banks to finance the export of weapons.
It can also store US military equipment, participate in defense research and development programs, and sell more sophisticated weaponry.
Last August, the Secretary of Defense at the time, Ash Carter retained $ 300 million in military rebates because he could not certify that Pakistan was taking appropriate action against the Haqqani network as needed by NDAA.
“Many times, Pakistan has taken advantage of the goodwill of America and proved that they are friends or foreigners of the United States,” said M. Nolan.
“In fact, the $ 1 billion we have sent to Pakistan over the past 15 years has done nothing to effectively fight terrorism and make us safer.
It’s time to wake up to the fact that Pakistan has links to the same terrorist organizations that claim to fight, “he said.
The legislation protects taxpayer dollars and makes the United States and the world safer, Nolan said.