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India needs to declare Pakistan a 'Terror State' if we want the World to do the same

Amid repeated terror attack from Pakistan side, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar on Friday appealed to the members of the Parliament to declare Pakistan a terrorist state and snapping all economic and trade relations with the neighbouring nation.

"As long as India does not declare Pakistan a terror state, India cannot expect the rest of the world to declare it the same," Chandrasekhar was quoted as saying by ANI.

Quoting data, he said from 1998 to 29, January 2017 14,741 civilians have been killed in terror attacks in this country, 6,274 security force personnel lost their lives and we have 23,146 terrorists.

He also referred to the terror attack on Parliament, the Indian 'temple of democracy' on December 13, 2001 to press his point.

Noting that "Pakistan's history and track record of fostering terrorism and terrorists is long and indeed distinguishable and incontrovertible", he said, "It is time that we stop running to other countries to declare Pakistan a terror state amd stood up and did this job ourselves."

Asserting that the world is getting tired and has lost patience with rogue nations, he said as the global opinion consolidates around the conduct of some countries like Pakistan, the focus will naturally come on what India and the Indian Parliament's approach to that threat is

Chandrashekhar said the Bill can apply in the future also to other countries that directly or indirectly aid terror attacks against India.

Initiating a discussion on the bill, Anana Bhaskar Rapolu (Congress) said it is a great, detailed nill that can be very seriously taken into government for further pursuance.

However, in an indirect dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rapolu asked "where did that 56 inch chest go?"

The bill states that immunity of officials of such countries shall be revoked and they shall not be offered immunity from any legal case in India.

Last year, Chandrasekhar had on November 18 introduced a private member's bill to declare Pakistan a terrorist state.

"I had promised that I will do this after the September 18 Uri attack. The reason behind the bill is to put the spotlight on the need for India to take a strong view on Pakistan as a terror state. The main objective is to urge the government to take appropriate action to brand Pakistan a terrorist nation," Chandrasekhar had said.

The Declaration Of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill' states that "Pakistan propagates and harbours agents of international terror who have repeatedly attacked the territory and people of our country... (It) poses a continual risk to the peace and security of the region".

The bill also provides for imposing legal, economic and travel sanctions on citizens of the neighbouring country.

The bill seeks to prohibit citizens of such country, which is declared a terror state, including its Head of the State, from travelling in India. It also asks for prohibition on trade, receiving or making grants, financial remittances, investments and assets along with maritime activities and overflight over India.


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