Washington: US Congress has stepped up pressure on the Obama administration to designate the militant Haqqani network a terrorist organization.
By voice vote Tuesday, the House approved a bill that would require the Secretary of State to report to Congress on whether the Haqqani network meets the criteria to be designated a foreign terrorist organization and if not, to explain why, Fox News reports.
The Haqqani network, largely operating in eastern Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, is affiliated with both the Taliban and Al-Qaida.
According to US officials, the network represents one of the biggest threats to Afghanistan's stability.
U.S. officials says the Haqqani network is believed to be using Pakistan as a rear base for attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan.