Bill moved in U.S. House to declare Haqqani Network 'Foreign Terrorist Organisation'
Posted: 12:33a.m. IST, June 29, 2012
Washington, June 29 (ANI): American lawmakers have moved a bill in the U.S. Congress to declare Al-Qaeda linked Haqqani Network a terrorist outfit, calling it a grave danger to U.
S.-led coalition forces deployed in Afghanistan.
The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers; Buck McKeon, Chairman of House Armed Services Committee and Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of the Foreign Affairs Committee, reports The News.
Rogers said Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress agree that the Haqqani Network is a violent organisation and is a grave threat to U.S. security.
The Haqqanis are responsible for killing hundreds of our troops, and their indiscriminate attacks have also murdered countless innocent Afghan men, women, and children. With this bipartisan, bicameral effort, we urge the Obama Administration to formally designate the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, Rogers was quoted, as saying.
The designation of Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation will make it unlawful to provide material support or resources to it.
The lawmakers in a statement held the Haqqani Network responsible for a long reign of terror, indiscriminate attacks, killing of U.S. and coalition soldiers, Afghan police, and innocent Afghan men, women, and children.
It said the Network was responsible for June 2011 attack when eight Haqqani gunmen and suicide bombers carried out an assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul leaving 18 people dead.
The lawmakers also blamed the group for a truck bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Wardak province, which injured 77 U.S. troops and killed five Afghans.
The statement also said the Network was behind the September 2011 assault on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. (ANI)