On the opening day of the 117th session of the US Parliament, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to end the status of Pakistan’s main non-NATO ally. The bill by Republican MP Andy Biggs states that NATO ally status should end until the President’s Office certifies that Pakistan is conducting a military campaign to end the Haqqani network in its country.
Explain that due to this status, Pakistan gets many benefits such as access to more US defense supplies and participation in collaborative defense research and development projects. The bill also states that the US President can grant Pakistan the status of a major NATO ally only if his office confirms that a military operation is being carried out to end the Haqqani network’s hideout in Pakistan.
Currently, 17 countries are major non-NATO allies of the United States. In January 2018, outgoing US President Donald Trump had withheld all financial and security funds to Pakistan and also considered abolishing the status of Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally. Whereas, during the tenure of former President Barack Obama, the United States had named India as a major defense partner.
The Malala Yusufzai Scholarship Act was passed in the US Parliament. Explain that through this, Pakistani women will get help in getting higher education because the number of scholarships under the Act will be increased. In the House of Representatives, this Act has been passed only on March-2020. Now it will go to the White House where it becomes law after the President’s signature.