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Pak asked to handle Haqqani

world Updated: Jul 20, 2010 00:29 IST

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US has raised pressure on Pakistan to tackle the Haqqani network, a branch of Afghan Taliban which operates across the Af-Pak border and is widely suspected of having close ties to the country’s intelligence agency ISI.

Fearing at the possibility of attacks against the US emanating from Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her second visit to the country has called on Islamabad to take further and specific actions against militant networks.

Without giving further detail, BBC said that Clinton in an interview in American Embassy compound in Islamabad had indicated that US wanted Pakistan to do more to tackle the Haqqani network. She also said the US was looking into the possibility of listing the Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation.

Describing the Haqqani network as "violent and feared", BBC said, the organisation operates along the Pak-Afghan border and is seen as a main threat to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.