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US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Designate Pakistan a Terrorist State

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It comes following a terrorist attack near the town of Uri, located in Jammu and Kashmir, which India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring.

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Two US congressmen, Ted Poe (R-TX) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), have introduced the "Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act (HR 6069)," according to Poe's website.

"It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism," Poe said.

If the bill passes, the Obama Administration will have 90 days to issue a formal report, saying whether Pakistan provided support to the terrorists or not.

"Thirty days after that, the secretary of state [John Kerry] must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism or a detailed justification to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation," he said.

Ted Poe is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. Dana Rohrabacher is chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

"Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years," Poe said. "From harbouring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it's not America's."

Earlier four men conducted a terrorist attack near town of Uri, located in the disputed Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers. India accused Pakistan of the attack, calling the nation a "terrorist state." The attack has been condemned by a number of countries, including Russia and China.

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