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Washington: The United States of America has decided to block the disbursement of USD 350 million aids to Pakistan after the Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis, told the Congress that Islamabad hadn’t taken “sufficient actions” against the Haqqani network, sources said.

The decision came days after the State Department, in its annual report on terrorism, named Pakistan among countries and regions providing “safe havens” to terrorists.

This is not the first time the Pentagon has decided not to make military reimbursements. Last year, the Pentagon withheld $300 million in reimbursements.

Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad’s unwillingness to act against Islamist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

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

The terror group is also blamed for several deadly attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58 people.

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