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Pakistan plan to ban Haqqani Network

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Photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on Jan. 12, 2015 shows Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) shaking hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. John Kerry on Monday assured support to Pakistan in his meeting with Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, officials said. Kerry arrived in Islamabad Monday evening on a two-day visit following his trip to India.

 

Photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on Jan. 12, 2015 shows Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) shaking hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. John Kerry on Monday assured support to Pakistan in his meeting with Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, officials said. Kerry arrived in Islamabad Monday evening on a two-day visit following his trip to India.
Photo released by Pakistan’s Press Information Department (PID) on Jan. 12, 2015 shows Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) shaking hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. John Kerry on Monday assured support to Pakistan in his meeting with Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, officials said. Kerry arrived in Islamabad Monday evening on a two-day visit following his trip to India.

US has welcomed a reported step by Pakistan government to ban the Haqqani Network, blamed for attacks on American and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, media reported.

“We welcome reports that the government of Pakistan plans to outlaw the Haqqani Network,” Xinhua quoted US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as saying.

“It is an important step toward eliminating terrorist activity in Pakistan,” the official said.

The Haqqani Network is among 12 organisations on which the Pakistani government has decided to slap a ban, a Pakistan media report said Thursday.

Washington had branded the Taliban-affiliated group as a foreign terrorist organisation in September 2012 and later pressed Islamabad to flush it out.

US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week in Pakistan called for action against all militant groups including Afghan Taliban, Haqqani Network, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

 

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