Indian govt turns down bill

Declaring Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’

Observer Report

New Delhi

The Indian government has turned down a bill presented by right-wing politician in the parliament asking to declare Pakistan a ‘terror state’, The Hindu reported.
Declaring Pakistan a “terror state” could have “diplomatic as well as other far-reaching consequences”, the Indian home minister told the upper house of the parliament.
‘The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016’ was put forward by an Indian MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a local leader of Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala state. It heated up the debate in February as it asked the upper house of the Indian parliament for legal, economic and travel sanctions against citizens of countries which are promoting terrorism.
“To declare a country as a terrorist state can have diplomatic as well as other far-reaching consequences. Before doing so a detailed study is required. Therefore, I request Chandrasekhar to withdraw the bill,” said the Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir while addressing the upper house. The Indian minister was of the opinion that the Indian state was already doing enough to deal with the citizens of countries supporting terror. “The government has taken many steps to deal with terror. The existing laws already have sufficient provisions for dealing with citizens of a terrorist country,” he added while urging the BJP leader to retract the bill.
Although the right-winger withdrew the bill, he managed to garner support within the Indian corridors of power.

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