US lawmakers seek FTO tag for Haqqani network

A bipartisan group of powerful US lawmakers has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "immediately designate" the Pakistan-based dreaded Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The lawmakers, who have written a letter to the Secretary of State in this regard, include Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger.

The lawmakers pointed out that it was clear that the Haqqani network, based in Pakistan's North Waziristan, continues to launch sensational and indiscriminate attacks against US interests in Afghanistan, and poses a continuing threat "to innocent men, women, and children in the region".

The letter said there is little question that the Haqqani network meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO) — it engages in terrorist activity that threatens the security of US citizens, or the national security of the US.

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