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US imposes sanctions on 6 Taliban, Haqqani militants

Sigal Mandelker

Islamabad, Jan 26 (UITV/IANS) - The US Treasury announced that it has imposed sanctions on six individuals whom it alleged were linked to the Taliban and the Afghan guerilla insurgent group Haqqani network.

The designation stopped the six men, who are either Pakistanis or Afghans living in Pakistan, from accessing the US financial system, Xinhua News Agency reported.

"Today's action supported President Donald Trump's South Asia Strategy," Sigal Mandelker, under secretary of the US Treasury, said on Thursday.

"The Pakistani government must work with us to deny the Taliban and the Haqqani Network sanctuary and to aggressively target their terrorist fundraising," Mandelker added.

The sanctions came three weeks after the US government announced a significant suspension of its aid to Pakistan for its "failure" to take decisive action against these groups.

Washington has accused these groups of "destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel" inside Pakistan.

In response, Pakistan summoned the US ambassador to Pakistan to lodge a protest earlier this month, saying Pakistan has taken action against all militant groups without any discrimination and its sacrifices are being ignored.

As a result of the Treasury's action, any property or interests of the designated persons in the US will be blocked and transactions by Americans involving these persons are generally prohibited.