Pragmatic | Should Pakistan join the gang?

Of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism by the US

Along with the talk about designating the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist group, there have been some whispers about the US designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism. What exactly does it mean? Here is the official take from the US State Department’s website:

Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors. Currently there are four countries designated under these authorities: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.[Link]

Hasn’t Pakistan “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism”? Forget the numerous terror attacks in India starting from the days of the Punjab militancy in the 1980s till 26-11 terror strikes in Mumbai, it is Admiral Mullen’s recent testimony to the Senate Armed Service Committee (here is what he said) which explicitly shows that Pakistan qualifies to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

Yes, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria could also do with some fresh company. They haven’t had a new member in the gang since August 12, 1993.

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