US House presents bill to terminate Pak designation as Major non-NATO Ally

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On the primary day of the 117th Congress, a lawmaker has launched a bill within the US House of Representatives to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO Ally.

Introduced by Republican Congressman Andy Biggs, the bill removes Pakistan’s designation as a significant non-NATO ally, a standing that enables for varied advantages such as entry to extra US protection provides and participation in cooperative protection analysis and improvement tasks.

The bill additionally notes that the US President can not concern a separate designation of Pakistan as a Major NATO ally, except a presidential certification that Pakistan continues to conduct army operations which might be contributing to considerably disrupting the protected haven and freedom of motion of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan.

It additionally seeks a presidential certification that Pakistan has taken steps to display its dedication to forestall the Haqqani Network from utilizing any Pakistani territory as a protected haven and that the Pak authorities actively coordinates with Afghanistan to limit the motion of militants, such as the Haqqani Network, alongside the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The bill additionally asks the president to certify that Pakistan has proven progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani Network senior leaders and mid-level operatives.

Pakistan was named a Major non-NATO ally through the Bush Administration in 2004. Currently, there are 17 Major non-NATO ally. Brazil was the final nation to given this designation by President Donald Trump in 2019.

The designation offers the international locations to entry into cooperative analysis and improvement tasks with the Department of Defense (DoD) on a shared-cost foundation, participation in sure counter-terrorism initiatives, buy of depleted uranium anti-tank rounds, precedence supply of army surplus (starting from rations to ships).

It additionally offers them entry to War Reserve Stocks of DoD-owned tools which might be stored exterior of American army bases, presents them loans of apparatus and materials for cooperative analysis and improvement tasks and evaluations and permission to use American financing for the acquisition or lease of sure protection tools.

The designation amongst different issues expedites export processing of area know-how and permission for the nation’s companies to bid on sure DoD contracts for the restore and upkeep of army tools exterior the United States.

However, President Trump in January 2018 suspended all monetary and safety help to Pakistan. The outgoing Trump Administration even thought of terminating the designation of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO ally.

Under the Obama Administration, US designated India as a Major Defense Partner.

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