McCain amendment seeks list of Pakistanis aiding terror groups

The amendment has been moved by Ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential elections, to authorise appropriations for the fiscal 2012.

According to the McCain amendment, within 90 days of the passage of this legislation, the US President would submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress a list of persons in Pakistan, including officials and ex-officials, that the President determines, based on credible evidence, are providing material support for, or are responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, individuals or groups.

Such groups, it said, include the Haqqani network, Quetta Shura Taliban, Lashkar-e-Toiba and al-Qaeda that carry out acts of international terrorism or other violent attacks against the armed forces of the US, civilian personnel of America or the civilian population or other populations of foreign nationals in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India or the US.

The list, which could be unclassified but may contain a classified annex, needs to be updated by the US President every six month, the amendment says.

On the submission of the list, the US government would also slap sanctions on all those individuals under which both the individuals and their immediate family members would be denied a US visa and their property or financial assets in the US be blocked.

The amendment moved in the US Senate on Monday is slated for voting later this week.

McCain and other Senators have moved other amendments also, expressing complete displeasure and frustration of US lawmakers with Pakistan.

According to another amendment, the Congress asks US government to prohibit funding for any unit of a security force of Pakistan if there is credible evidence that the unit maintains connections with an organisation known to conduct terrorist activities against the US or American allies.

Another amendment moved by McCain requires a report outlining a plan to end reimbursements from the Coalition Support Fund to the government of Pakistan for operations conducted in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Senator Tom Casey also moved an amendment which requires a certification on efforts by the government of Pakistan to implement a strategy to counter improvised explosive devices.

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