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September 26, 2018
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Haqqani’s death amid continued pressures on Pakistan

The Trump administration has once again asked Pakistan to crack down on all insurgent groups without any discrimination. Pentagon Spokesman Lt Col Koné Faulkner renewed the call a day before the visit of the US secretary of State to Islamabad for talks with the new Pakistani government.
Michael Pompeo is expected to meet Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other government leaders during his visit to Pakistan.In a statement, the Pentagon spokesman said: “We continue to press Pakistan to indiscriminately target all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network.
This is while that Taliban militants on Tuesday announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the insurgent group, after prolonged illnesses.Taliban’s spokesman confirmed Haqqani’s death in a statement that did not provide details about the ailment and funeral ceremony.
Haqqani was an important member of the Taliban leadership council. He had also been the minister of tribal and border affairs during the Taliban regime.Haqqani had long been ailing. The western and Pakistani media had announced his death in 2015.
The Afghan government and the United States frequently blame the Haqqani network for deadly attacks in Kabul. Haqqani had two wives — one of them from the United Arab Emirates.
The recent announcement of Haqqani’s death before visit of US Secretary of State to Pakistan showing that once again the neighboring country willing to use the ongoing situation for its own interest. The US recently had exerted further pressures on Pakistan, in particular freezing of 300 million USD military aids, asking Pakistan to give up support of the terrorists and use its influence and push Taliban for talks with Afghan government.
Taliban’s Haqqani network fully enjoying safe havens in Pakistan and the neighboring country has never spared effort to pave the way for the group’s destructive activities in Afghanistan.The Mastermind of tanker bomb attack and series of other big explosions in the capital Kabul and other major cities of the country – the Haqqani terrorist organization – is largely responsible for martyring of thousands of innocent Afghan civilians.
The Pakistani military has never been willing to take the very steps most likely to advance the process, which are to close down Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network operations in Pakistan and imprison any of their leaders not actively negotiating peace with the government in Kabul.
Why does the Pakistani military want to maintain cooperative relations with the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network? This policy likely stems from some combination of opportunism and fear. It sees the Taliban/Haqqani as surrogate forces that could protect and advance Pakistani interests in Afghanistan, that’s to further destabilize the country and weaken the Afghan government.
At this juncture, sustained and intensified pressure on Pakistan offers the only viable path to advancing the reconciliation process in a way that does not turn Afghanistan into a launching pad for terrorism and extremism.

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