US congressman calls for strict vetting of people coming from Pakistan

04:49 PM | 2 Nov, 2017
US congressman calls for strict vetting of people coming from Pakistan
WASHINGTON - A top American lawmaker called for "more vetting" of people coming to the US from Pakistan. Peter King accused Pakistan of having a large terrorist presence. The reaction came after the deadly truck attack in New York, on Tuesday.

Peter King while giving an interview to CNN called for strict vetting of people coming from Pakistan, “If a person is coming from a country which has a strong terrorist presence, there should be more intense vetting and investigation than there would be from someone not coming from a country similar to that,”

“Pakistan has a large terrorist presence. They have sent 800 people to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. In that case, there should be more vetting. How you define it is more than you do in the ordinary case,” he added.

Peter King went on saying, "...The lottery system itself, to me, it's worked. It's gotten good people into this country. In my experience, in New York, they've gone on to become very productive people,"

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, allegedly ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, before he was shot by a police officer. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since September 11, 2001. The 29 years old was allowed to enter the US on a State Department programme known as the "Diversity Lottery Programme".

President Donald Trump vowed, after the attack, that he would terminate the popular green card lottery.

Trump's reaction to the New York attack is very different to his reaction to the Los Vagas attack, both of which happened in October. Reacting to the Los Vagas attack and calls to ban guns, Trump said, "will see with time".

Although the Uzbek Uber driver isn't related to Pakistan, the calls for strict vetting for people coming from Pakistan defines the Pak-US relations.