Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Haqqani Network Founder – Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani Dead For Sure This Time

Haqqani Network founder – Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani is dead. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Taliban confirmed the death of the founder of Haqqani Network. Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani, the man behind the rise of the dreaded militant organisation had been ill and bedridden for years. Interestingly the reports of his death went viral in 2015 but that was not the case according to the statement issued by the Taliban on Tuesday. 

Taliban expressed great regret while informing about the demise of Haqqani Network’s kingpin. The Taliban hailed him as a prominent Jihadi figure in addition to being a religious scholar and an exemplary warrior.

In 2001 he voluntarily gave up the leadership of operations of the Haqqani Network to his son Sirajuddin Haqqani who is currently the deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.

Jalaluddin Haqqani earned a great repute as being an anti-Soviet Jihadi in the 1980s. He had close links with the intelligence services of the US, Saudi Arabia and even Pakistan which made him one of the armed commanders in the anti-Soviet Jihadi. The territories under the control of Haqqani Network offered the first bases to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and he was instrumental in convincing Saudi Arabia for the deployment of funds to fight the Soviet Union.

Following the fall of the Taliban in 2001 after an invasion from the US, Jalaluddin shifted to the tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Haqqani Network is still active in Afghanistan and it has carried out some lethal offensive missions in Kabul to take on the NATO coalition.

The Afghanistan war is still on and as general elections in Afghanistan become more and more imminent, the Taliban has hiked the frequency of its lethal missions hence inflicting heavy casualties on the security forces as well as the civilians. Haqqani network too has been responsible for some of the deadliest attacks that hit Kabul in the past.  It is unlikely that the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani will have any impact on the operations of the Haqqani Network for he gave up the command long back.

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