by Karl Gotthardt- Canadian Politics and Military Affairs Editor
The International Security and Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan issued a statement this morning, which verified that NATO had captured top Haqqani Network leader, Haji Mali Khan, in Paktiya Province in Afghanistan. Paktiya Province borders on Pakistan.
NATO says that Khan is the uncle of Badruddin Haqqani, one of the highest ranking members of the Haqqani network. According to NATO Kahn moved forces from Pakistan to Afghanistan to conduct terrorist activity. Jalaluddin Haqqani consistently placed Mali Khan in positions of high importance.
In the past year, Haji Mali Khan established a militant camp in Mangal tribal lands in Paktiya province, coordinated the transfer of money for insurgents operations, and facilitated the acquisition of supplies, the statement asserted.
“KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 16) – Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network leader who maintained weapons caches and planned attacks, during an overnight operation in Paktika province.The leader’s capture will help degrade the Haqqani Network’s operations in northeastern Pakitka, while enhancing counterinsurgency initiatives in the area.
Intelligence tips led the security force to a series of compounds south of Delay in Ziruk district. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit each compound peacefully, and then the joint security force cleared and secured the area.
After initial questioning at the scene, the security force identified and detained the targeted individual along with several of his associates.
The security force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children for the duration of the search.” http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/haqqani-network-leader-captured-in-paktika.html
The arrest comes on the heels of Afghan authorities handing evidence to Pakistan that the murder of former Afghan President, Burhanuddin Rabbani , was planned on Pakistani soil. Last week, outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, also claimed that the Pakistani Intelligence Agency (ISI) was involved in the planning and conduct of recent Kabul bombings.
U.S. Intelligence sources also believe, although unconfirmed, that Haqqani was accompanied by his deputy.
Based on recent event, Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated that after his top peace negotiator was killed during a so-called peace visit, it is virtually impossible to negotiate with the Taliban. He says the only way forward are direct negotiations with Pakistan.