For years, U.S. officials have complained that Pakistan has allowed the Taliban and other extremists to operate within its borders. Taliban leaders are widely believed to reside in Pakistan, helping to direct insurgent operations in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan denies those allegations and says the United States has failed to acknowledge the efforts it has taken against militant groups.
Also on Thursday, the State Department announced it would put Pakistan on a “watch list” for countries that fail to protect religious freedom.