Haqqani Network (HQN) Chief Sirajuddin Haqqani is believed to have reached Afghanistan’s Helmand province from Quetta in Pakistan. The Helmand province recently witnessed a massive gunfight between Taliban and Afghan security forces and the Taliban managed to capture a couple of important strategic posts of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and parts of the capital city of Lashkargah.
Insiders have revealed to Zee News that Haqqani has been sent to Afghanistan on the directions of Pakistan’s ISI for multiple objectives. First is to assess the situation in Helmand after the coordinated Talibani attack on Helmand on 11th October and ensure the safe passage to Pakistani terrorists involved in the attack.
Another major intent of sending Sirajuddin Haqqani to Afghanistan is to contact Taliban leaders and negotiate with them about the representation of Pakistan’s interests during the peace process. Sirajuddin Haqqani is also scheduled to meet Taliban commander Mullah Yaqoub in Helmand. Interestingly, all heads of Commissions of Taliban are presently camping in Helmand itself.
Sirajuddin is scheduled to meet a number of top Taliban commanders, take them into confidence, and influence them to represent Pakistan’s interests during the ongoing peace talks in Doha. The most important objective, however, is to motivate Pakistani cadres deployed within