WASHINGTON, 06 January 2021, (TON): A US lawmaker moved a bill in US congress in a bid to strip Pakistan of its status as a major non-Nato ally of US.
Reportedly, there was no indication the bill will have momentum before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The mover, Congressman Andy Biggs, although a prominent Republican from Arizona, is not a member of the committee.
But the relations did show some signs of improvement during the last two years of the outgoing administration when it initiated a peace process with the Afghan Taliban with Pakistan’s help. The process led to a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban but could not achieve the desired results of a complete troop-withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The incoming Biden administration also wants to reduce America’s military footprints in Afghanistan. And foreign policy experts in Washington say that the new administration may not want to start its tenure with a major rupture with Pakistan, as it could further complicate peace efforts in Afghanistan.
The bill will need support from President-elect Joe Biden’s Democratic Party to pass as Democrats are a majority in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, another report from US say the bill introduced on Sunday, the first day of the 117th Congress, “drew little US media notice but triggered headlines in India, which … has long been critical of US-Pakistan relations.”