Bill introduced in US House to terminate designation of Pakistan as Major non-NATO ally

4th Jan

Bill introduced in US House to terminate designation of Pakistan as Major non-NATO ally

Republican Congressman Andy Biggs, has introduced a bill to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally on the first day of the 117th Congress.
The major non-NATO ally status gives various benefits such as access to excess US defense supplies and participation in cooperative defense research and development projects.
According to the bill, Pakistan cannot be designated unless the US President issues a certification that Pakistan is working to disrupt the freedom of the Haqqani Network and has taken steps to prevent the Network from using Pakistan's territory.
The bill also asks the President to certify that Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani Network senior leaders and mid-level operatives.
In January 2018, Donald Trump suspended all financial and security assistance to Pakistan and was considering the removal of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO ally.