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US blocks $350 million aid to Pakistan for not acting against Haqqani network

The United States has blocked 350 million dollars in coalition support funds to Pakistan as Islamabad failed to act against the dreaded Haqqani network.

Pakistan-based Haqqani network is blamed for a number of high-profile terror attacks on US and Western interests in war-torn Afghanistan.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis informed congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of Coalition Support Funds.

This is for the second consecutive year that the US Defence Secretary has refused to certify that Pakistan has taken satisfactory action against the Haqqani network.

The Pentagon’s decision came ahead of a review of US policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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