Pakistan Bans Taliban-Linked Haqqani Network



ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has outlawed the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, officials said.

Senior Pakistani government officials told Reuters a formal announcement of the ban would be made “within weeks”.

“We have decided to ban the Haqqani network as a step in implementing the National Action Plan devised after the (Peshawar) school attack,” said a cabinet member, referring to a massacre of 134 children by Taliban gunmen last month.

“The military and the government are on the same page on how to tackle militancy. There is no more ´good´ or ´bad´ Taliban.

“Kerry specifically pressed for action against the Haqqanis, including banning the group,” the official added.

A second official, a minister who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the decision to outlaw the Haqqani group.

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