It is too late for the Hero—United States to announce that; US would attack Haqqanis inside Pakistan; not knowing it that Haqqanis the supporters of deposed Taliban government finding the situation ripe back home in Afghanistan in spite of the presence of retreating Mega US lead NATO forces; are successful in taking back some 80% of Afghanistan in their control and Afghanistan is a safe place for the groups like Haqqanies. Sirajud Din Haqani; son of aged Jalaluddin Haqqani, now in his sixties is a former anti-Soviet resistance commander known for his ruthless effectiveness as a fighter. Sirajud Din Haqani says in an interview from an undisclosed place in Afghanistan that they are finding Afghanistan a much safer place for their operations than in Pakistan.
Haqqanis have ready landed in Afghanistan to celebrate their victory against the yet another Oppressing Super power –USA found retreating after Soviet Union and foresee to claim back Taliban hegemony and restore their government.
The gradually warming Pakistan-United States ties have suddenly turned sour in the aftermath of the September 13 brazen terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Kabul, which senior American military and government officials have squarely blamed on the North Waziristan-based Haqqani militant network, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani. But to threat Pakistan to come and attack the abandoned Taliban sanctuaries in ungoverned FATA area is a cry of a frustrated enemy finding no place to hide its defeated face.
Haqqnis they come from Afghanistan. In Pakistan they own a vast swash of lands in North Waziristan where they as an extended family live in a village Dandi Darpakhel spread over a large area near Miranshah in North Waziristan. Ever since Taliban government was deposed after US attack on Afghanistan; Haqqanies have been very active in providing the logistic and other support to their brothers in exile–. Taliban
In Miran Shah Haqqanis run their Madrassa which is a known old Mujahedeen training camp and presently it is known as so called a sanctuary for the Taliban and possibly this has previously been also used as staging camp and communication centre by Al Qaeda.
Named after its founding leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Haqqani network is an Afghan militant group that is based out of North Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The network has been active mainly in the east of Afghanistan in Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni Wardak and even Kabul provinces.
Haqqanis are the influential lot in the area along Afghan-Pak border and have always served as a go in between as a vital linking group between Pak and Afghanistan territories for long, for which ISI is maintaining a strong connections and considers them important potent tool in hand.
For obvious reasons Pakistan has its vested interests that peace is maintained on both the sides of Pak-Afghan border… for which it remains obliged to the Haqqanis for their assistance and the services
Erroneously they have been assisting the TTP to help them organise their Tehrik- ‘Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan. But ever since TTP fell prey to CIA and became their tool; believably Haqqanies have distanced from them. It may be matter of repentance for Haqqanies that they supported TTP who have proved as hirelings in this area and for money are creating havoc in Pakistan through subversive killing and destruction.
Earlier; when Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan in 1979, like many Afghan leaders, Jalaluddin took his family and fighters to Pakistan and settled in North Waziristan, which borders his native Khost province.
He subsequently received significant support from the American Central Intelligence Agency and from the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and built up a sizable and competent anti-Soviet militia force by the mid-1980s.
The current ties between the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban date back to the days of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan led by Mullah Omar. The Taliban seized power in 1996 and were ousted by the US-led invasion in late 2001.
As Jalaluddin has aged, his elder son Sirajuddin has taken over the responsibility of carrying out cross-border operations in Afghanistan. Sirajuddin has eclipsed his father in power and influence and he rivals more senior leaders for leadership of the Taliban. In many ways, he is smarter and more respected than far more senior Taliban leaders.
According to US military commanders, the Haqqani network is the most resilient in Afghanistan and one of the biggest threats to the US-led forces.
Following WikiLeaks’ July 2010 publication of 75,000 classified documents, it was revealed that Sirajuddin Haqqani was in tier one of the International Security Assistance Force’s Joint Prioritized Effects List – its “kill or capture” list.
Therefore, the Americans have targeted the Haqqani network in North Waziristan extensively in recent years, especially since a suicide bomber killed seven senior CIA officers in the Khost area of Afghanistan on December 31, 2009.
While the Americans treat the Haqqani network as an enemy, but believably Pakistani establishment still consider it as a strategic asset and a possible ally in Afghanistan after the exit of US-led forces.
But the embassy attack in Kabul has deeply annoyed the Americans, prompting key US military officials to once again set off a volley of anti-Pakistan statements by publicly accusing Islamabad of “sleeping with the enemy”.
After the sweet words that followed the recent arrest of senior al-Qaeda leader Younis al-Mauritania from Pakistan, senior American officials have turned their guns on Pakistan and warned that the US would “do everything it can” to defend American forces from Haqqani militants.
Clearly embarrassed by the Taliban attack, Panetta, a former CIA chief, accused Pakistan on September 15 of not curtailing the Haqqani network. He said his country’s response would show Pakistan that the US meant business. “Time and again we have urged the Pakistanis to exercise their influence over these kinds of attacks from the Haqqanies. And we have made very little progress in that area. I think the message the Pakistanis need to know is: we are going to do everything we can to defend our forces.”
Panetta said he was concerned about the Haqqanies’ ability to attack American troops and then escape back into what is a safe haven in Pakistan, “which is unacceptable”.
But while Haqqanies have landed back in the heart land of US occupied Afghanistan to announce to attack Haqqanis in Meran shah FATA area by US is like Bolting the stable door shut after the horse has bolted loose.