Washington, DC : In a tersely worded statement released on his congressional website on Jan 06 2016, Texas Congressman Ted Poe cautioned that the recent terror attack on Pathankot airbase, in Northern India serves us as a reminder that both US and India face the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
On Jan 1, 2016, terrorists infiltrating across the Pakistani border into India launched an attack on the Pathankot air base, one of India’s largest air force installations near the border. At least seven Indian soldiers were killed in the fighting, which lasted for 4 days.
Preliminary investigations and reports indicate that the terrorists at Pathankot airbase received training and assistance from the Pakistani military. Without mincing words, Poe pointed out that India’s neighbor Pakistan has for long ‘proven to be a safe haven for terrorists and a launch pad for covert terroristic actions around the world.’ As an ally to India, Poe demanded that the US should immediately reevaluate the aid package to Pakistan and stop sending money to nations that provide assistance to terrorists. Poe reaffirmed his “support for India during this tragedy and urged all nations in the region, including Pakistan, to join together to bring the attackers to justice.”
Congressman Ted Poe, a leading advocate in Washington for limited government, free markets, low taxes and individual liberty, serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. Prior to serving in Congress, Ted Poe served for 22 years as a criminal court judge in Houston, Texas. An outspoken advocate on national security and justice Poe regularly visits US troops stationed in Afghanistan and around the world.
Mr. Sanjay Puri, an authority on US-India relations thanked Congressman Poe’s strong condemnation of the Pathankot terror attack and welcomed his call to reevaluate the US aid package to Pakistan.
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