US Congress passes the 9/11 Bill under which civilians will be able to sue foreign individuals, entities and governments.
On Wednesday, Pakistan expressed concerns over the passage of 9/11 Bill by the US Congress. The 9/11 Bill, previously thought to be vetoed by President Obama, allows for civilians to sue foreign individuals, entities, and governments. Pakistan has been following the developments regarding the 9/11 Bill closely. Saudi Arabia expressed her concerns regarding the bill as well and issued a threat to sell $750 billion worth of US assets.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in regards to this development from the US Congress read,
Pakistan expresses concern over the passage of a law by the US Congress. Pakistan believes that the promulgation of national laws with extraterritorial applications sets a dangerous precedent that is likely to further complicate an already complex global environment.
The US House of Representatives passed the legislation by voice vote on Friday. Under the bill all families that became victim of September 11 attacks can sue the responsible governments for damages. The primary target here is Saudi Arabia. The threats from White House to veto the bill raised no alarms with the US Congress and it went ahead with the vote any way.
Leaders of the House called it a moral imperative to allow victims’ families to seek justice. The US Congress passed the bill two days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Experts believe that it was more of a symbolic gesture than the real thing. There are many complications involved with actually implementing such a bill moreover, it is a sensitive matter for the United States as the primary target of the Bill would be Saudi Arabia, one of the major oil supplier to the States.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied its involvement in the 9/11 attacks.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.