Pak terror bill recalled after nudge

The government today rejected a plea to declare Pakistan a "state sponsor of terror" and impose economic and travel sanctions on the country, as sought by Independent Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar through a private member's bill.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 11.03.17
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New Delhi, March 10: The government today rejected a plea to declare Pakistan a "state sponsor of terror" and impose economic and travel sanctions on the country, as sought by Independent Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar through a private member's bill.

Replying to a discussion on the Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016, junior home minister Hansraj Ahir said that putting such a tag on a country could have far-reaching consequences. He said the government had no intention of supporting Chandrasekhar's proposal.

Ahir requested the member to withdraw the bill and Chandrasekhar, the NDA's vice-chairman in Kerala, obliged. He said the primary purpose of introducing the draft legislation had been served as it had facilitated a discussion in Parliament on the subject.