Bill to declare Pakistan a terror state withdrawn from Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Mar 10: A bill to declare Pakistan a terrorist state has been withdrawn.

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The bill which was moved by Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar was withdrawn on Friday. Interestingly, this development comes just a few hours after a US lawmaker introduced a bill to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.

The Home Ministry had decided to oppose this bill stating that it would damage international relations under the Geneva Convention. India is bound by international norms and since there are trade relations that are shared, it would not be correct to declare such countries as terror states, the Home Ministry has said.

A private member’s bill can become a law once it is screened by a house committee. The bill would then have to be passed by a majority vote in Parliament. The Bill moved by MP, Rajeev Chandrashekhar had sought to impose legal, economic and travel sanctions on citizens of countries which promote terror. The Bill had been discussed on February 3.

The Home Ministry has told the Parliament Secretariat that it opposes the Bill as it could jeopardise international relations under the Geneva Convention.