September 17, 2012

POE: PAKISTAN IS NO ALLY OF AMERICA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012
 
Bill would terminate Pakistan's designation as a major non-NATO ally

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R. 6391, a bill to remove the major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status from Pakistan.

"It's time to 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. Too many of our own men and women have died because of Islamabad's treachery."

In 2004, then-President Bush granted Pakistan MNNA status in an effort to get Pakistan to help the U.S. 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 defense 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.
 
Eight years after its designation, the evidence shows that Pakistan has in fact been no ally of the U.S. It has cut off the supply route to our troops in Afghanistan, refusing to re-open it without the U.S. apologizing and paying three times as much as before. It harbors and cooperates with the Taliban who kill American troops. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which is American soil, was twice attacked by what U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker described as "Pakistan-based insurgents." Last fall, then Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen called the terrorist Haqqani network in Pakistan's tribal regions, the suspect behind the embassy attack, a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence service. Most recently, Islamabad arrested and convicted the heroic doctor who, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "intelligence that was very helpful" in identifying the exact location of Osama bin Laden.
 
Pakistan is the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. It's time to remove a designation that brings privileges it does not deserve.
 
Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2) is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Anti-Terrorism Caucus.
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H. R. 6391

https://www.myelectedrep.com/bill/112/HR6391 

    To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 13, 2012

    Mr. Poe of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


A BILL

    To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Termination of designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally.

Effective beginning on the date of the enactment of this Actâ€"

(1) the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321k(a)(1)) or any other provision of law is hereby terminated; and

(2) the President may not issue a separate designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of such Act or any other provision of law.

SEC. 2. Report on countries designated as a major non-NATO allies.

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the President shall submit to Congress a report that contains the following:

(1) A complete and updated list of each country that is designated as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321k(a)(1)).

(2) A justification as to why each such country should continue to be designated as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of such Act.


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