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Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of Haqqani Network dies

04 Sep 2018 Rasad News Agency

September 4, 2018

Kabul:Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday.

“It is with great regret that we inform our believing Mujahid Afghan nation and the vast Islamic Ummah that the prominent Jihadi figure, religious scholar, exemplary warrior and pioneer of celebrated Jihads; the Minister of Frontiers during the reign of Islamic Emirate and member of the Leadership Council, the esteemed Al-Haj Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani has passed away after a long battle with illness, surely to Allah we belong and to Him is the return,” a Taliban statement said early Tuesday.

Taliban sources had earlier told the Daily Times that Haqqani had died in 2014, years after he was injured in an foreign forces strike in eastern Khost province in late 2001 when the American forces launched operation against the Taliban.

Haqqani, who founded the network in the 1970s, relinquished operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is now deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.

He led armed resistance from eastern Afghanistan, while also established a religious school in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area in 1980s for resistance against the Soviets.

Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said the death was not expected to mean any major change for the Haqqani Network.

“Operationally, his death will not have an impact on the group,” he said, adding that Haqqani’s role in recent years was ideological rather than practical.

US and Afghan officials have said the group, based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, and considered close to al-Qaeda, operated with the support of Pakistani intelligence services. That charge is rejected by Pakistan, which has pointed to the network’s early links to the CIA.

With Sirajuddin Haqqani, who has a $5m US bounty on his head, in operational charge, it was not immediately clear what direct impact Jalaluddin Haqqani’s death would have on the armed movement.

Haqqani had declared support to the Taliban when they reached Paktiya in early 1990s and handed over his all arms and ammunition to then Taliban governor Torak Agha.

Jalaluddin’s son Siraj-ud-Din Haqqani is deputy chief of the Taliban and he is considered as the leader of the Haqqani Network. The Taliban have never accepted Haqqani Network as a separate group.


(Rasad News Agency)

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