Home ministry opposes private member’s bill to declare Pakistan ‘terror state’

A private member’s bill, which seeks to declare Pakistan a country sponsoring terrorism, will be opposed by the government in Parliament.
‘The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016’, moved by Independent member Rajeev

Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha, “seeks to call out states like Pakistan that continue to associate, promote, patronise and sponsor terrorism against our nation” and provides for snapping all economic and trade relations with that country.

“India can’t declare any country a ‘Terror State’ as it has to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries. Besides, in principle, it is very rare that a government supports any private member’s bill,” a home ministry official said.

The home ministry has conveyed to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat about its opposition to the Bill, saying such a move may “jeopardise” international relations.

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