Haqqani Denies Link With Pakistan

And insists it didn't assassinate peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 11:47 AM CDT
Haqqani Denies Link With Pakistan
This undated wanted poster provided Bagram Air Base shows Siraj Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani group faction.   (AP Photo/Bagram Air Base)

The Haqqani network has no ties to Pakistan’s ISI and isn’t responsible for the assassination of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Siraj Haqqani tells the BBC. Siraj is the son of Haqqani network founder and namesake Jalaluddin Haqqani, and is a major leader within the group. “We’ve had contacts with many countries’ intelligence services,” he said, "but none to our benefit." He said the US was trying to tie the group to the ISI to "confuse people's minds."

Haqqani also denied attacking the US embassy in Kabul, blaming it instead on a military council of the “Islamic Emirate”—the Taliban’s name for Afghanistan. The US does not appear convinced; this week American and Afghan troops launched a major operation in the Charbaran Valley to block one of the main routes Haqqani fighters take into Afghanistan, sweeping nearby villages for militants, the New York Times reports. One commander called it “a spoiling attack to prevent a spectacular attack in the Kabul area.” (Read more Burhanuddin Rabbani stories.)

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