WASHINGTON - Key American lawmakers have stepped up pressure on 

Pakistan to redouble efforts against the Haqqani network, a day after the US State Department declared it as 

a foreign terrorist organisation.“This is a terrorist organisation and an enemy of the United States, and I urge 

Pakistan to redouble its efforts working with US and Afghan partners to eliminate the Haqqani threat,” said 

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.In July 2012, Feinstein had 

introduced the legislation in the Senate instructing the Secretary of State to designate the Haqqani network as 

a foreign terrorist group and in May 2012 wrote Secretary Hillary Clinton a letter urging for the same.“This 

action will make it harder for the Haqqani network to raise funds and operate its businesses, and will create 

new risks for anyone working with it. Over the past two years I have heard from leaders in the intelligence 

community and military in Washington and in Kabul that designation is the right thing to do,” Feinstein said.

The Pentagon, which has described Haqqani network as a significant threat to the US national security, 

welcomed the decision to designate it as global terrorist organisation.“These new group designations will build 

on our efforts to degrade the network’s capacity to carry out attacks, including affecting fundraising abilities, 

targeting them with our military and intelligence resources, and pressing Pakistan to take action,” Pentagon 

Press Secretary George Little said.Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select 

Committee on Intelligence, said he is pleased that Clinton has finally announced to officially designate the 

Haqqani network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.“This is a critical step that clears the path for the United 

States to begin to put a choke hold on the network’s finances,” Rogers said. Reacting to the development, the 

Pakistani embassy in Washington termed the issue ‘internal’ matter for the United States and said Islamabad 

will continue to work with its partners to combat terrorism.“This is an internal matter for the United States. It 

is not our business. The Haqqanis are not Pakistani nationals. We will continue to work with all international 

partners including the US in combating extremism and terrorism,” an embassy spokesman said. Soon after the 

formal designation, the Obama Administration moved to assure that the Haqqani designation is not intended 

against Pakistan or any organ of the Pakistani government.A State Department official said the United States 

views Pakistan as an ‘extremely valuable ally’ in the fight against terrorism and will continue its ‘good 

partnership’ on counterterrorism with the South Asian country. The official rejected the impression that the 

move to designate the Haqqanis may implicate Pakistan as state sponsor of terror since the US alleges that 

the Afghan militant group operates out of Pakistani border territory.“There is no legal relation” between 

these two different things, the official noted.