Entitled “Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2015,” a bill introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) would designate Pakistan one of the world’s originators of globalized state-sponsored terrorism. Poe said upon introducing the bill on Thursday, "Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years," Poe is the chairman of Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the House Foreign Relations Committee.
A firm defender of border security, Poe said, "From harboring 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.” Poe represents a part of the Houston metropolitan area.
“It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a State Sponsor of Terrorism," Poe said.
Poe’s bill calls on the president to report on whether or not Pakistan supports international terrorism. If Pakistan is not found to have engaged in global terrorism, the bill calls on the Secretary of State to prepare and submit a follow-up justifying the designation.
Poe and James Clad, a former US deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia, published an article on National Interest that declared that the US and Pakistan currently have a “toxic relationship.” The two writers said that the US must “finally set limits on its indulgence" towards Islamabad.
"Pakistan has become a quasi-adversary, receiving hundreds of billions through the years in direct and indirect US support, a strange hostage-like arrangement in which we pay Islamabad to do what it should be doing anyway to protect its own domestic security and buttress Afghan stability," wrote Poe and Clad.