Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar withdraws Bill seeking to declare Pakistan a terror sponsor

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar today withdrew his private member's Bill seeking to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism and end of India's trade relations with it. Sources in the government said it cannot support a Bill to declare Pakistan a terrorist state. Even though he withdrew his proposal, Chandrashekhar was combatant.

"Just by speaking on declaring Pakistan a terrorist state, we are sending a message. The executive has the powers to declare Pakistan a terrorist state, but if it is not doing anything about it, then Parliament cannot just keep quiet and sit over it," he told India Today TV.

"There is no need for us to investigate that Pakistan is a terror state. We already know it is. I request the government that status quo should not continue and it should explore options," he added.

On February 3 in Rajya Sabha, Chandrashekhar had sought the consideration of his 'The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016' and said the Uri attack of September 18, 2016 "marked a turning point".

"I publicly promised that I would take on the important responsibility of calling Pakistan for what they are and have been for several years -- a sponsor of terrorism," he had said.

The Bill, which was introduced on November 18 during Parliament's winter session, intends to "declare any country as state sponsor of terrorism and withdraw economic and trade relations with the such country and to create legal, economic and travel sanctions for citizens of that country" among others. It holds that Pakistan "propagates and harbours agents of international terror who have repeatedly attacked the territory and people of our country" and "poses a continual risk to the peace and security of the region".

Parliament had unanimously adopted a resolution on February 22, 1994, emphasising Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, seeking Pakistan vacate parts of the state under its occupation and condemning the support it is extending to terrorist activities in the state.

"Since 1994, when Parliament passed a resolution against Pakistan, it has never passed any resolution. I think Parliament should reflect popular public view which is Pakistan must be made to account for its actions," he had said earlier.

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