In continuation of the hardening of the US administrations stand on Pakistan, a bipartisan bill introduced now seeks to make “a clean break” from the country that it said had “harboured terrorists”. The bill that sought to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) to the United States, was introduced in the House of Representatives by two top lawmakers, saying that Pakistan had failed in it’s commitment to fight and curb terrorism. Having been introduced by the Republican Congressman Ted Poe and Democratic lawmaker Rick Nolan, the legislation calls for revoking MNNA status of Pakistan, 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.
The MNNA designation basically translates into the fact that a country is a close ally of the United States government and shares a strategic relationship with the United States Armed Forces, but, at the same time is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), enabling it to enjoy a variety of military and financial advantages, which are otherwise not conferred on a non-NATO country. The Democrat lawman Mr Nolan is reported to have said that, “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”, he further added that the fact that the billions of dollars 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 with the same terrorist organisations which they claim to be fighting”.
Now, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit Washington for extensive talks with US president Donald Trump, that are expected to feature terrorism and India’s relations in South Asia, Indian policy makers will be closely observing the latest developments.