Senior Haqqani Network leader killed near Islamabad

Published: November 11, 2013

Dr Nasiruddin Haqqani (Courtesy: longwarjournal.org)

ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen shot dead senior Haqqani Network leader Dr Nasiruddin Haqqani near Islamabad, leaders of the group told The Express Tribune on Monday.

Dr Nasiruddin came under attack late Sunday in Barakau area, they said. The gunmen fired 26 bullets in total.

“I can confirm that Dr Nasiruddin has been martyred,” a militant, who had previously worked with Haqqani Network in North Waziristan, said.

Giving details of the incident, the militant said the gunmen, riding a motorcycle, opened fire at Dr Nasiruddin when he was returning home from a mosque.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson, Shahidullah Shahid, also confirmed the killing of Nasiruddin. He alleged that Pakistan’s security agencies were behind the incident.

“The dead body has been sent to Miranshah for burial later in the evening,” the former Haqqani Network official said. The body was transported to Waziristan and the namaz-e-janaza will be held later today, Express News reported.

Dr Nasiruddin had been mainly involved in dialogue-related affairs of the group.

Dr Nasiruddin was Afghan fighter Jalaluddin Haqqani’s eldest son. Jalaluddin’s three other sons were also killed.

Born in Neka district of Paktika province, Afghanistan, Dr Nasiruddin was put on UN Security Council’s sanction list of individuals who were subjected to assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

According to the details provided in the sanction list, Dr Nasiruddin had travelled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for the Taliban and operates from Pakistan’s North Waziristan.

Haqqani Network

Founded by Jalaluddin, the network is considered the most dangerous faction in the Taliban army in Afghanistan.

The Haqqanis have been blamed for spectacular attacks on Afghan government and Nato targets across Afghanistan as well as kidnappings and murders.

Jalaluddin Haqqani

Jalaluddin was a mujahedeen leader sponsored by the CIA, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the fight against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. He served in the Taliban government after it took power in 1996 following years of civil war.

He is known to have close ties to al Qaeda, and after the fall of the Taliban regime in the 2001 US-led invasion, he joined the insurgency.

In recent years, his son Sirajuddin has taken on increasing leadership within the group from his father, who was born in 1942.

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Reader Comments (91)

  • Omar Rawi
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:48PM

    This could be a handiwork of the NDS. It seems that the Afghan intelligence agency NDS has turned the tide against ISI now. Recommend

  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:49PM

    “I can confirm that Dr Naseer has been martyred,”
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    Obviously killed by a drone!!!

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  • T Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Seems like he was living peacefully and happily in the peaceful Islamabad :)

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  • A-No.1
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:55PM

    One more stubbed out.

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  • truth
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Nasiruddin Haqqani was taliban spokesman by the name of “ZABIHULLAH MUJAHID” for 10 years, working from Islamabad…well then why blame the afghans for hosting mullah fazlullah.

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  • Truth_Seeker
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:03PM

    How come all these shady characters live in plain sight?

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  • nassi
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:12PM

    What goes around, comes around!

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  • Xnain
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Founded by Jalaluddin, the network is considered the most dangerous faction in the Taliban army in Afghanistan.”
    Haqqani network is a pro-taliban network, not a part of Talibans. The network came into existence during the Afghan War, much earlier than the rise of Taliban.

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  • NDC
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Indeed a shocking news for PMLN, JI and PTI, who obviously have joined hands to attack Pakistan army.

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  • Last Word
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:16PM

    What was this senior Haqqani leader doing in Islamabad and who other than Drone was his enemy ?

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:21PM

    What’s next?. Al-Zawahiri gets caught while strolling in Bahria town. I mean seriously!?!

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  • Fareeda
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:28PM

    He grew what he had planted, maybe he thought Pakistan was safe for him to stay but no where safe for a terrorist!

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Awaiting ISPR Press Release
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    or at least a denial of some sort.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:45PM
  • bharatvarsh
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Why are all terrorists found in Pakistan!!!!! and Pakistani’s whine all the time that they get a raw deal from the world.Recommend

  • Gratgy
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Another Martyr!! Imran Khan is probably looking for something to block nowRecommend

  • Khurram Shehzad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:48PM

    Looks like the army, the police and the politicians only hate ordinary law abiding citizens. If you are a crook or terrorist, life is good.

    It is beyond belief that an army of almost a million well armed soldiers is forced to negotiate with a few hundred terrorists. And everybody knows how brave our police wallahs areRecommend

  • Good
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:59PM

    @Gratgy:
    You should worry about JUIF and JI. IK is outta your reach kid.Recommend

  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:59PM

    At this rate Paskistan will lose its image of`being a safe haven
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    First OBL then the TTP ledaer and now this gentleman.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:08PM

    @truth:
    ultimately haqqani got killed in pakistan, lets wait for fazlullah to be killed in afghanistan.Recommend

  • water bottle
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:09PM

    All the worst human beings on Earth end up in Pakistan.Recommend

  • water bottle
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:11PM

    And you ban kites!!!

    Some brains you Pakistanis have!Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:11PM

    One more martyr for Munawar and JI, Another attack on Imran Khan’s “Amn ki Asa”!

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  • Gratgy
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:33PM

    @Good
    You should worry about JUIF and JI. IK is outta your reach kid.

    Why would I ever want to reach Imran Khan??? Maybe you should worry about your comments not making any sense.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Dr Naseer had travelled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for the Taliban and operates from Pakistan’s North Waziristan.” Something is not right. According to conspiracy theory Taliban is supposed to be funded by India/RAW, Mossad, CIA etc? How come he went KSA and UAE to collect funds and not to New Delhi, Washington or Jerusalem?

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Pakistan Army and government are running around like headless chickens. And they are no match to the chickens coming home to roost.Recommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Any one who fired 26 bullet to do the job of one bullet usually is indicative of personal vendetta or hatred for the victim.Recommend

  • Anti Taliban
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:49PM

    My condolences to the ISI for losing their most trusted assetRecommend

  • paklover
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Another most wanted found within the territory of Pak Capital, Why it always happens that every terrorist found under the umbrella of Pak security apperatusRecommend

  • Guru
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Poor guy, killed by pakis.Otherwise he could been Shaheed Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:16PM

    an american hero mujahid turned terrorist from Afghanistan got killed in pakistan.

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:19PM

    @Jat: “Pakistan Army and government are running around like headless chickens.”
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    Nah actually they are engaged in a spiritual debate of Terrorist vs Martyr:).

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Rose petals have been ordered
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    Who to shower them on?

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Headline: Senior Haqqani Network leader killed near Islamabad

    Dr Naseer was Afghan fighter Jalaluddin Haqqani’s eldest son. Even ET is not very generous with the truth; trying to put some spin. Let no one blame ET for not being patriotic enough…

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:24PM

    @water bottle: “All the worst human beings on Earth end up in Pakistan.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I protest against this allegation ! Very vigorously.
    Give me 3 examples to support your statement.

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Today, am ready to bet Rs 100 that Mullah Omar is being sheltered in one of the rest houses in Rawalpindi itself… any takers ?

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:25PM

    $1.6 billion was a good investment

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  • usman786
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @truth:
    why donot you Afghans go back to your country. Karzai is waiting for you since decade with billions of dollars world aid

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  • D. Rozell
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Mullah Fazlullah yeah ok thnx

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Mehsud Haqqani Dividends of MNS visit to USA. MNS report card is showing 2 A+. Death of Meshud and Haqqani can offer the government a position of strength at the negotiating table.

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  • srini
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:31PM

    pls some one kill hafeez and dawood

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  • Rajesh
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Oh no the guy is not shaheed as not killed by drones.Poor guy.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:41PM

    How come his body was not taken into possession by the authorities in Islamabad? Why was the body allowed to be taken to Miramshah for burial?

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  • nadeem
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:42PM

    It has been an open secret for a long time that Haqqanis live and openly roam in the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Their protectors are in that building near Aabpara market. Yes, the same building that has blocked a 4-lane road.

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  • Prem chopra
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:44PM

    No surprise to see that a terrorist roam freely on capital of a country.OBL, now this guy and who else left, your capital Islamabad under the nose of your military is suppose to be the most safe heaven for these bad guys.Al zawahiri and all other stuffs can also find there.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Was his flown to Waziristan on PIA aircraft ? Has a day of mourning being announced at the loss of a strategic asset ?

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  • water bottle
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:49PM

    @polpot:

    You have given it yourself.

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  • Nov 11, 2013 - 5:53PM

    Rest in peace!

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:53PM

    @Jat: Today, am ready to bet Rs 100 that Mullah Omar is being sheltered in one of the rest houses in Rawalpindi itself

    Oops I take that back… forgot that recently one of the participants on a talk show let it slip that you need to give 10 days advance notice to meet Mullah Omar.

    My revised opinion – Mullah Omar is stored along with some of Pakistan’s nukes in one of Saudi Arabia’s underground ballistic missile bases.

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  • Green Tiger
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Did someone notice in the news story that there`s no location where Nasiruddin was killed. Islamabad is capital city, so big and heavily populated and yet no eyewitness, no locality, no street names, nothing..

    Obviously, its a inside job by a shady agency for reason we`ll never know…

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  • joy
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:25PM

    Ladies and gentlemen of Pakistan……late Mr .OBL had built a three-storeyed house near a military academy, Late Mr Mehsud had built a sprawling farmhouse hear a military establishment, and now Mr Haqqani Jr. is killed in the federal capital which is a twin city of Rawalpindi where GHQ is located. Strange coincidences..aren’t they!

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  • SEETHING
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:26PM

    the most unreliable and unsafe state on the face of earth, Pakistan. Security lapse, local agency ambush, or foreign agency attack: In either case, a big piece of poop in the face of people who rule this country.
    now to those who are rejoicing at a brazen daylight murder, they are not safe either, are they????? !! anything, anytime, anywhere around here POSSIBLE !!!

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  • PakiTiger
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:30PM

    ISPR has put out a statement that shaheed Nasiruddin Haqqani should not be called a martyr!!

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  • PakiTiger
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:41PM

    ” Dr Naseer had travelled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for the Taliban and operates from Pakistan’s North Waziristan.” Something is not right. According to conspiracy theory Taliban is supposed to be funded by India/RAW, Mossad, CIA etc? How come he went KSA and UAE to collect funds and not to New Delhi, Washington or Jerusalem?”

    Dr Naseer (Shaheed) travelled to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to raise funds from RAW/MOSSAD/CIA operating there!

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  • imran ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:57PM

    another good taliban killed living in save house near GHQ..

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  • Proletarian
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:18PM

    To whoever killed that guy, whether American CIA or Afghan NDS, thank you. You did that which our own spies should have done if they only had this nations best interests at heart.

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  • Major Iqbal
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:31PM

    @Omar Rawi:

    I very much doubt NDS was responsible as Karzai refers to the Taliban and Haqqani’s as his “brothers.”

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  • Chrome
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:32PM

    It is amazing how far Americans can reach. Any place and any time. You will get droned if you are in the wild West. Bullets will rain on you if you are in the crazy East.

    This is probably a message to Mulla Omar to work with Americans on the Afghanistan future government or face certain death.

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:36PM

    As expected Western Media provides more specific details
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    Read http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/world/asia/leader-in-insurgent-network-is-killed-in-pakistan.html

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  • Chrome
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:37PM

    @Jat, I think you are wrong. Last thing they want Americans to do is kill Mulla Omar and steal nukes from the same place.

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  • polpot
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:38PM

    New Vocaublary
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    Guy killed by drones is Martyr
    Guy killed by ISI is shaheed
    Guy killed by NDS is Pashtun
    ………………….

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  • Anti Taliban
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:39PM

    He was killed by the ISI because he supported Hakimullah Mehsud.

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  • Gratgy
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Lets hope we get to hear of more such martyrs and wishing peace to all Pakistani friends

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  • Abbas
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:01PM

    @Jat:

    *Pakistan Army and government are running around like headless chickens. And they are no match to the chickens coming home to roost.*

    Hardly, The Pakistan Army appears to finally closing in on the Afghan Taliban and its supporting groups including the Haqqani Network AND THOSE HAVING LINKS with them including the Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan.

    Anyone in disagreement to the SOFA agreement which pretty much institutionalizes the presence of the US army in Afghanistan with its nine bases, needs a course correction, sometimes this will be administered where and when needed.

    This is in all probablity part of the agreement reached by Nawaz Sharif with President Obama.

    With US negotiating representatives about to come to an agreement with Iran on the Nuclear issue, Iran will be pretty much helping the US continuing to keep the South and Western Afghanistan stablized.

    Sure the next steps are:

    A new President elected in Afghanistan possibly Abdul Rassol Sayyef who would be acceptable to the Tehran, Islamabad, the Quetta Shura, as well as Washington.

    The peace gas pipeline construction breaking ground on the Pakistani side.

    Guess who would be left out of the loop, waiting to see no influence left in the course of events?

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  • Adil
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:03PM

    Why would Pakistani security forces mess with them when they have for the longest time refuse to enter North Waziristan and fight the Network? In my calculation they are strategic asset so I think it is an attempt at changing (public) opinion the finger is pointing towards foreign elements involvement.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:06PM

    @Ali:
    Although you are serious, I could not stop laughing, this is good one.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:09PM

    @Jat, I will take you on this one but you will have to shell out in dollars.

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks: Sir jee, am not a rich man like your crore commanders – Pakistan currency only…

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  • Kufristani
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:22PM

    All the most notorious terrorists are found right next to Pak army / Pak Govt facilities.

    If you conduct a thorough inspection of GHQ and ISI headquarters you may bring WoT to an end ;-)))

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  • Sandip
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Is there any terrorist character on the face of this planet who hasn’t been hosted by Islamabad?

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  • Sall90
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:01PM

    The time has come to create more martyrs.

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  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:15PM

    @Abbas: With US negotiating representatives about to come to an agreement with Iran on the Nuclear issue

    Who do you think mediated between Iran on one side and United States and Israel on the other ? Which country is trusted by all the three parties ?

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  • omar
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:35PM

    @water bottle:
    ha ha ha..well said.

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  • LaLakiMKaa
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:38PM

    Pure land of pakistan doing “sahwas” i.e. friendship with all these people………..

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  • Thor
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Is that why f11 was on lockdown? they told me it was jaloos

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  • pakistani
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:06PM

    good, get them all or let them kill themselves.

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  • Abbas
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:23PM

    @Jat:

    The Negotiations between Iran and the US did not ever need a mediator. It would be foolish to assume that any other country would need to play a role between the superpower and a regional power, that emerged and was created by the US by removing Saddam from power. A situation that you suggest may have actually taken place 4 decades ago between the US and China when Pakistan facilitated Secretary of State Kissinger’ visit without the world knowing of the historic change taking place.
    There are two million Iranians in the US with familial links to their motherland. One can be pretentious but your allusion does not have a basis, specially when it is a known fact when the US actively engaged with Zarif in 2011 the current Iranian Foreign Minister to persuade the Northern Alliance to accept a Pashtun as the leader of the new government (Karzai) which was going to be created with the removal of the Taliban, they again talked to the Iranians when a power vaccum emerged after the fall of Baghdad. So it has been an ongoing process. The Iranians are ready to negotiate because the sanctions are hurting

    Iran always played a significant role in the US strategy before the Iranian revolution. US strategic thinkers feel the need to re-balance their current strategy by the need of revisiting ties with Iran. Currently the Israelis and the Saudis are wringing their hair for a particular reason as both understand their relevance in the projection of power in the Middle East will stand diminished by the what the US may choose to do.

    As for Afghanistan what appears to be evolving is beyond doubt a US-Pakistan project in terms of a strategy with much less pronounced physical presence by the US

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  • Philip
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:43PM

    @Ali: Seriously, can anyone here say where Zawahiri is? I would like to know.

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  • Philip
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:51PM

    @Jat: Is Mullah Omar in Qila Saifullah, Baluchistan? I would like to know.

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  • Jat
    Nov 12, 2013 - 12:29AM

    @Abbas: Familial links ? What happened to these links for the last 3 decades ?

    By the way, who convinced United States not to attack Syria ? This attack would have finished the chances of talks with Iran.

    And don’t answer Russia; there is no need to further make a fool of yourself…

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 12, 2013 - 1:00AM

    @It Is (still) Economy Stupid:
    26 bullets is called “Sending a Message”!!!

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  • Np
    Nov 12, 2013 - 1:27AM

    @Abbas:
    You think Iran will trust Pakistan after the games Pakistan has played on Iran Pakistan pipeline or India who continued to buy Iranian oil and sell rice to Iranians during their bd times?

    You think US will trust Pakistan after OBL was found in Abbotavad?

    You think Afghanistan will trust Pakistan after Haqqani junior living in Pakistani capital and tricks Pakistan has played with Mullah Baradar not to mention the history of imposing the brutal Taliban led by Mullah Pmar on them for 5 years?

    You think Afghan Taliban will trust Pakistan after the u turn Musharraf took and the. Lungless years they had to spend in caves?

    You are dreaming.

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 12, 2013 - 1:35AM

    Dr Nasiruddin was put on UN Security Council’s sanction list of individuals who were subjected to assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.
    .
    Guys considered a terrorist by the UN and he has been free to roam Pakistan for how many years? I guess the travel ban didn’t include Islamabad.

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  • Abbas
    Nov 12, 2013 - 3:49AM

    @Jat:

    Dont be self delusional about India’s grandoise contribution to the process of a US Iran reconciliatrion specially after India voted along with the US in the Security Council to censure Iran for its Nuclear Program. And the vote was in the hopes of the now stymied, Indian Nuclear deal with the US.
    The contacts between Iran and the US have always been there and have been used when the occaision demanded it. Now it certainly requires a stretch of imagination to beleive that India was instrumental in convincing the US not to unleash missile strikes on Syria. The US had stepped into a international minefield of threatening force on Syria but unable to carry it out because its coalition partners did not have political support for such a venture at home in their respective countries.

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  • Abbas
    Nov 12, 2013 - 6:20AM

    @Np:

    In politics there are only permanent interests.

    Watch what happens next. 70 years after World War 2 the French and Germans are allied in military and economic terms. The victors of the world war 2 are allied with the vanquished.

    Pakistan happens to be sitting at the right location for American long term interests. The US now needs Pakistan more than ever for augmenting the role due to the diminishing physical presence. The Haqqanis and the Taliban will be part of the eventual makeup of the Kabul government in the next few years. If the US can talk to the Hezbollah once designated as terrorists watch when the US opens up dialogue with the the same people that have been fighting the US presence for the last 13 years.

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  • karachiwala
    Nov 12, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Such a high profile person…and no personal security at all?
    Or did I miss the plot….

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  • Truth_Seeker
    Nov 12, 2013 - 3:51PM

    CIA-NDS-RAW collaboration seems to be paying off. This man was responsible for 54 deaths in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. Now to go after the next one on the list.Recommend

  • rkfrom ny
    Nov 12, 2013 - 11:33PM

    …Raymond davis….!!

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  • rkfrom ny
    Nov 12, 2013 - 11:34PM

    clearly the CIA hitmen run all over this land,..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anjum Arshi
    Nov 13, 2013 - 9:11AM

    @polpot:
    Read the whole story beofre putting your comment!

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  • REALIST
    Nov 13, 2013 - 11:32AM

    In any event, good riddance. Send all these buggers back to afganistan.

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