"We believe US security assistance to Pakistan actually contributes to their counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

"These operations reduce the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory as a safe haven to carry out terrorist attacks, and as a base of support for the insurgency in Afghanistan. So we believe these operations are in the interests of both Pakistan and the US and in the interests of the region more broadly," he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry has received a letter from Senator Bob Corker in which Corker has said that he would block the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, saying organisations like the Haqqani network, with support from people within the establishment, are using terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan for attacks against US soldiers in Pakistan, Toner said.

Toner said Pakistan has carried out multiple operations against some of these terrorist networks that are operating on their soil.

"We believe that eliminating those networks is in our national security interest, as well as the security interests of the region," he said while refusing to comment on the proposed sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

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