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'Pakistan experiencing terrorism tsunami'

world Updated: Jun 12, 2009 23:10 IST

Observing that Pakistan is currently experiencing a "terrorism tsunami", a senior US lawmaker said it is quite unusual for its army, trained and tasked to monitor its border with India, to start military action against extremists inside its own territory.

"I want you to know that the Pakistan military under their Secretary (sic) of the army is doing something they don't usually do," Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee said.

"This is a terrorism tsunami," Jackson-Lee, the Co-Chair of the Pakistan Caucus, told her colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives during a debate on Pakistan on Thursday.

The House of Representatives yesterday passed the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act. It proposes to triple the non-military aid to Pakistan to $1.5 billion per annum but imposes strict accountability provisions and conditions on Islamabad with regard its fight against terror and nuclear non-proliferation.

Jackson-Lee said the structure of Pakistan has been that the army has been monitoring or watching the border.

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