Haqqani

  • Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding November 30, 2013

    Author: Husain Haqqani The letter from the US Secretary of State should have struck a chill in the recipient's hearts. Yet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif didn't even open the envelope handed to him by the US Ambassador to Pakistan on behalf of Secy James Baker. The letter, delivered on May 14,...
  • Pakistani Taliban deputy chief Haqqani to head operations: Sources November 14, 2013

    Pakistani Taliban deputy leader Sheikh Khalid Haqqani is expected to lead the group's operations despite Mullah Fazlullah's appointment as the new chief of the banned organisation, a media report said on Thursday. Haqqani, who hails from Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, will act as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) functional head and call...
  • Haqqani network chief's son gunned down in Islamabad November 11, 2013

    Nasiruddin Haqqani, eldest son of the chief of the Haqqani network that has been blamed for attacks on US forces and the Indian Embassy in Kabul, has been gunned down on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, leaders of the group said on Monday. Nasiruddin was killed by two gunmen riding...
  • Barack Obama's secret offer to Pakistan over Kashmir, claims book November 5, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan in 2009 that he would nudge India towards negotiations on Kashmir in lieu of it ending support to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Taliban, but much to his disappointment Islamabad rejected the offer. "Since the 1950s Pakistan had wanted an American role in...
  • Authorise targeting of Taliban and Haqqani leaders in Pak, dares top retired American General September 19, 2013

    As the US prepares to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, a top retired American General, on Thursday, called for targeting the Taliban and Haqqani network's safe havens in Pakistan. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, General (rtd) John M Keane, told lawmakers that one of the way to reduce the...
  • Afghanistan: Two arrested for killing Indian author Sushmita Banerjee September 10, 2013

    Kabul: Two people have been reportedly arrested for the murder of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, who was shot dead outside her home in the eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the two arrested are members of the Haqqani network. Sushmita was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and...
  • 'Terror machine' beyond Afghan borders the main threat: MEA August 3, 2013

    New Delhi: With militants again targeting its mission in Jalalabad, India on Saturday said "terror machine" that operates from "beyond the borders" was the main threat to Afghanistan's security while the war-torn country assured that no stone will be left unturned to ensure safety of Indian diplomats there. At least 12...
  • 'Change in Pak approach toward India unlikely' May 14, 2013

    Washington: Even as there is a sense of positivity over Indo-Pak ties after the outcome of Pakistan polls, a former Pakistani diplomat believes a regime change is unlikely to bring any substantial shift in Islamabad's approach. Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani noted this while giving an analysis...
  • Afghanistan's biggest-ever truck bomb defused in Kabul March 15, 2013

    Kabul: Security forces in the Afghan capital have defused a truck bomb packed with nearly eight tonnes of explosives, the biggest of its kind discovered in the country, the spy agency said on Friday amid heightened security. Intelligence forces discovered the explosives in eastern Kabul, wired and ready for detonation,...
  • UN imposes sanctions against Haqqani network November 6, 2012

    United Nations: The UN Security Council, under India's presidency, has imposed global sanctions against the dreaded Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network and the group's chief of suicide operations. The Council's Afghanistan/Taliban Sanctions Committee on Monday added the Haqqani group and Qari Zakir to its list of entities which face an assets...
  • US suspects Haqqani tie to Afghan insider attacks October 6, 2012

    Kabul: The Haqqani insurgent network, based in Pakistan and with ties to al Qaeda, is suspected of being a driving force behind a significant number of the "insider" attacks by Afghan forces that have killed or wounded more than 130 US and allied troops this year, American officials said on...
  • US not to designate Pak a state sponsor of terror September 8, 2012

    Washington: There is no move by the US to begin the process of designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism, officials said, after the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed the Congress that the Haqqani network is being designated as a global terrorist organisation. Such a statement from senior US...
  • US labels Pak-based Haqqani network a terror group September 7, 2012

    New York: The US on Friday designated the Pakistan-based dreaded Haqqani network as a terrorist group, a move that could degrade the organisation's ability to execute violent attacks and pressurise Islamabad to act militarily against the outfit. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally designated the militant network as terrorist organisation...
  • US may designate Haqqani network as a terror group September 1, 2012

    Rarotonga: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she will meet next week's deadline to report to Congress on whether the Haqqani network should be designated as a terrorist organisation. As she praised the contributions of Australia and New Zealand to the international military mission in Afghanistan, Clinton said...
  • Pak: Haqqani network founder's son killed last week August 26, 2012

    Kabul: Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Sunday its operatives have confirmed that the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan, even as the Taliban vowed that he was alive and well. Shafiquallh Tahriri, the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security,...
  • Pak: Top Haqqani commander killed in US drone strikes August 25, 2012

    Washington/Islamabad: Badruddin Haqqani, the key operational commander of the al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network, and top Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah are believed to have been killed in US drone and air strikes in the tribal region of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Badruddin, the son of Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, is ranked as...
  • US, Pak plan joint operations to target Haqqanis August 5, 2012

    Washington: After over a year of rancorous relations, US and Pakistani authorities are considering to launch joint counter-terrorism operations against the dreaded Haqqani network, which has carried out several attacks on American troops, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The operations would be intended to help stamp out major security threats facing each...
  • 'Haqqani Network gets its finances from Pak' August 2, 2012

    Washington: As ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam held crucial talks with his CIA counterpart David Petraeus, a damning report by a prestigious US military academy has said that the dreaded Haqqani Network receives financial and logistic support from the Pakistani military. The report on financing of Haqqani network by Combating Terrorism...
  • US Cong wants terror label for Haqqani network July 28, 2012

    Washington: The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution urging the Obama Administration to designate the dreaded Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organisation. The resolution comes after the US House of Representatives passed Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2012 early July. The bill, which was passed in 2011, had to...
  • US seeks to designate Haqqani as a terror network July 18, 2012

    Washington: Ramping up the pressure on Obama Administration to designate the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill through voice vote. The bill, which was proposed by Senator Richard Burr and was brought to the House Floor under suspension of the rules...
  • Taliban siege of Afghan hotel ends, 20 dead June 22, 2012

    Kabul: Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12-hour siege on Friday at a popular lakeside hotel outside Kabul, leaving at least 20 dead after Taliban gunmen stormed the building, bursting into a party and seizing dozens of hostages. The night-time assault on the hotel with rocket-propelled grenades, suicide...
  • US mulls new covert raids in Pakistan: AP sources June 22, 2012

    Washington: US military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighbouring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint US-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which US officials say...
  • Memogate report political and one sided: Haqqani June 12, 2012

    Washington: Pakistan's former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, on Tuesday dismissed the memo commission's report and launched a veiled attack on the judiciary claiming the findings were made public to divert the attention from from "more embarrassing developments". The commission had concluded that Haqqani was behind a mysterious memo that...
  • Memogate panel claims Haqqani authored memo June 12, 2012

    New Delhi: A report submitted in Pakistan's Supreme Court by the judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal has claimed that former envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani had authored the confidential memo. Pakistan Supreme Court has directed Haqqani to appear before it in two weeks. The Supreme Court has issued the...
  • US military seeks greater engagement with India June 8, 2012

    Washington: The United States aspires to have greater engagement with India sitting on an enormously important geostrategic location on the sea lines of communication from the Mideast into Pacific, according to a top US military officer. "We have for some time said that we aspired to a closer relationship and...
  • Reached the limit of patience with Pakistan: US June 7, 2012

    Kabul/Washington: In the strongest warning so far to Pakistan, US has said it is reaching the limits of its patience with Islamabad for allowing safe havens to terrorists, specially the dreaded Haqqani network. The warning was sounded by Defence Secretary Leon Panetta who on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan declared, "It...
  • US sanctions 2 Taliban and Haqqani network leaders May 18, 2012

    Washington: The US has slapped sanctions on two individuals linked with the Taliban and the Haqqani network based along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, barring American citizens from any dealings with them. Bakht Gul, a Haqqani Network communications official, has been designated for acting for or on behalf of Badruddin Haqqani. Abdul Baqi Bari,...
  • Pak is wary of Indian influence in Afghan: Pentagon May 1, 2012

    Washington: Wary of Indian influence in Afghanistan, Pakistan continues to support insurgent groups and provide terrorist safe havens so as to have its influence inside the war-torn country, the Pentagon told the Congress on Tuesday. Pakistan's selective counter insurgency operations, passive acceptance of insurgent safe havens and its unwillingness to interdict...
  • 10000 kg of explosives seized in Kabul April 21, 2012

    Kabul: A major terror attack has been foiled in Kabul a week after the coordinated strikes in Afghanistan. Three Pakistanis and two Afghans have reportedly been detained with 10000 kg of explosives in Kabul. The explosive was being carried in a truck, which was seized by the authorities. According to reports, the...
  • US to press Pak to squeeze Haqqani network: Clinton April 17, 2012

    Washington/Islamabad: The United States has said that it will continue to press Islamabad to "squeeze" the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, as Afghanistan blamed the Pakistan-based group for the latest brazen attacks in Kabul. Declaring "there were indications of Haqqani involvement" in the weekend attacks in the Afghan capital, secretary of state...