Report: Pakistan pushes back on sanctions against Haqqani Network

The major tenets of the sanctions imposed by members of the U.N.'s Security Council on Monday mirror those put in place by Pakistani leaders months in advance, Qamar Zaman Kaira, the country's Information Minister told Reuters on Tuesday. 

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The sanctions passed by the security council "oblige all U.N. member states to implement an asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo" against the terror group and its "chief of all suicide operations" Qari Zakir, according to a State Department statement issued on Monday. 

The State and Treasury Departments also followed suit on Monday, making Zakir the first individual Haqqani member to have U.S. and international sanctions placed on him. 

Zakir allegedly runs the Haqqani network's terrorist training program in Afghanistan and has been connected to several attacks against U.S. and NATO forces in country. 

The Haqqani commander, also known as Abdul Rauf, was also part of last September's attack rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, according to reports at the time.

However, Pakistan claims those efforts are simply unnecessary since "the three elements of the ban ... are all already in place in Pakistan," Kaira told Reuters.

"Which banned militant can openly travel in Pakistan?" he added. "We have also checked on financing and other transfers. There is no problem." 

The U.N. sanctions on Zakir and the rest of the Haqqani organization come two months after the State Department officially placed the Haqqani Network on its list of known terrorist organizations. 

In May, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) demanded the group be officially recognized as a terror group by the United States. 

State Department officials had held off placing the organization on the terror list, due to strong objections by Islamabad. 

Operating along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, the Haqqani network is closely allied with the Afghan arm of the Taliban and is responsible for a number of attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in the country.

The U.S. and coalition offensive in Afghanistan this spring was aimed at clearing out Haqqani strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, said in March.

Containing groups like the Haqqani Network and other Taliban-affiliated terrorist organizations based inside Pakistan and operating in Afghanistan has been a sensitive and oftentimes frustrating issue between Washington and Islamabad. 

A number of top Pentagon officials including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have accused Islamabad of providing safe haven and support to Haqqani fighters and other militant Islamic groups inside its borders.

Border clashes with Haqqani fighters and coalition forces have produced some of the heaviest fighting since the Obama administration surged more than 20,000 U.S. troops into the southern part of the country in 2009.

Aside from the Haqqani group, Islamabad continues to refuse to move its troops into the dangerous North Waziristan region. Hakimullah Mehsud, the alleged leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is among several suspected militants reportedly hiding in the area.