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H.R. 35: To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 4, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Is it time to change Pakistan’s privileged diplomatic status with the U.S?

Context

More commonly known as NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a 30-country international alliance and mutual defense pact including the U.S., Canada, and most nations in Europe. Since 1987, the president can also designate a nation as a “major non-NATO ally,” allowing them certain military and economic advantages such as surplus defense equipment.

Currently, the U.S. has designated 18 nations as major non-NATO allies. The most recent was President Donald Trump’s designation of Brazil in 2019. President George W. Bush designated Pakistan in 2004.

In recent years, some have questioned Pakistan ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 35

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.

1.

Termination of designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally

(a)

In general

Effective beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act—

(1)

the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321k(a)(1)) or any other provision of law is hereby terminated; and

(2)

the President may not issue a separate designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally pursuant to section 517(a)(1) of such Act or any other provision of law unless the President submits to Congress a certification described in subsection (b).

(b)

Certification

A certification described in this subsection is a certification that contains a determination of the President that—

(1)

Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are contributing to significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan;

(2)

Pakistan has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment to prevent the Haqqani Network from using any Pakistani territory as a safe haven;

(3)

the Government of Pakistan actively coordinates with the Government of Afghanistan to restrict the movement of militants, such as the Haqqani Network, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; and

(4)

Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani Network senior leaders and mid-level operatives.