Jalaluddin Haqqani with his son Nasrudin.
Jihadica points to an interview with Jalaluddin Haqqani, the patriarch of the Haqqani family network, which is based in eastern Afghanistan and across the border in North Waziristan in Pakistan. Jalaluddin has a clever answer to a question on suicide attacks being plotted and launched from Pakistan, as Jihadica notes. It is certainly not a denial:
The latest issue of Nawai Afghan Jihad includes an interview with Jalaluddin Haqqani. The interview is centered on American policy in Afghanistan and the danger America poses to the world. Little mention is made of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or the role of Pakistani extremists in Afghanistan.
To a question regarding the “propaganda unleashed by the Karzai government” that jihadi activity along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan is planned and plotted in Pakistan, Haqqani gives a rather diplomatic response: “there are passionate young men from the tribal areas who have inherited the jihadi gusto of the past (fighting the British and Soviets) and who were martyred on Afghan soil. We acknowledge and appreciate their jihadi engagement.”
There are other items of interest in the interview. Jalaluddin is clear that for any talks to begin, US and NATO forces must leave the country: “The Emirate’s policies and terms with regards to dialogue are clear – the key one being that all occupying forces leave Afghanistan.”
And that statement in itself is interesting, as the Haqqanis are often viewed as being separate from the Quetta Shura Taliban, led by Mullah Omar. Jalaluddin is specifically referring to “The Emirate’s policies” as his own.
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