Kabul siege: ‘Attackers linked to Pakistan govt’

Published: September 18, 2011
Munter says Haqqani Network was involved in attacks on the US embassy in Kabul recently. PHOTO: FILE

Munter says Haqqani Network was involved in attacks on the US embassy in Kabul recently. PHOTO: FILE


The Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network was behind last week’s Kabul siege and there is evidence linking the group to the Pakistan government, the US ambassador to Pakistan has said.

In blunt comments broadcast by Radio Pakistan on Saturday, Ambassador Cameron Munter said: “Let me tell you that the attack that took place in Kabul a few days ago that was the work of the Haqqani network.

“There is evidence linking the Haqqani network to the Pakistan government. This is something that must stop,” Munter said.

Asked to provide evidence of the link with the Pakistani government, Munter said only “we believe that to be the case”.

Acknowledging that the past year had been “tough”, he urged joint action against terrorism and said the United States and Pakistan were “fundamentally on the same side”.

Munter’s remarks follow a warning by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who said after the Kabul attack that the US would retaliate against Pakistan-based insurgents.

“Time and again we’ve urged the Pakistanis to exercise their influence over these kinds of attacks from the Haqqanis and we’ve made very little progress in that area,” Panetta said Wednesday, a day after the Kabul siege.

“I’m not going to talk about how we’re going to respond. I’ll just let you know that we’re not going to allow these kinds of attacks to go on,” he said.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry condemned those remarks as “out of line”, saying that “terrorism and militancy is a complex issue”.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Babloo
    Sep 17, 2011 - 10:21PM

    Mr Munter, maybe the last installment of your payment got delayed and this was a reminder to you that please speed up payments and increase them or else strategic assets will be doing strategic things , under the command of your so called strategic allies, to make this the most strategic nation on earth.
    You have only yourself to blame.


  • XYZ
    Sep 17, 2011 - 10:27PM

    It took 30 years for us to realize that ..

    Indian were giving evidence since 1980s and US was pouring $$$s in billions ..


  • Sep 17, 2011 - 10:28PM

    i hope these eveidence will not be like iraq wmd ones or 911s ,someone help the ex-superpowers ,they r broke totally now dont humiliate them when they have no money there were days when they were super power ,
    pakistan dont look who and what he saying look ur interest what is good for u they live 10000 km away u guys have to live there ,Recommend

  • Peace in Asia
    Sep 17, 2011 - 10:34PM

    OUR evidence? or real evidence?


  • hz
    Sep 17, 2011 - 10:37PM

    sorry to say but that is your incompetency that u cant even protect ur well guarded fortress..!
    what happened to the world’s sole superpower’s embassy..a few rockets and boooom!?
    cant protect ur embassy..and ur on your way to protect the 7billion people..

  • Sep 17, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Looks like Sirajuddin Haqqani interview did not work in fooling the US govt….or anyone else.


  • mariam.b
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Then its professional failure of American Forces & consequently the government that people were able to enter , siege and attack targets in Kabul,Afghanistan all the way over from North Waziristan , Pakistan.


  • Mir Agha
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:06PM

    Munter doesn’t know the facts, Haqqani enjoys shelter amongst his Afghan peoples.


  • Tanweer
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:15PM

    They also had credible evidence of Saddam’s WMD.
    They have evidence that Israel is a victim of Palestinian terrorists.
    They also have evidence that Kashmir Freedom fighters are terrorists and just enlisted them as as terrorist organization.
    Its only Americans who buy their foolish statements, not the world. The recent polls held world wide suggest that majority of the non-Americans do not believe them. Still they are adamant to their fake dramas.Recommend

  • KiJ
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Mr. Munter, should we trust your statement or Mr. Siraju­ddin Haqqan­i’s statement… i am inclined to trust Mr. Haqqani’s statement more because 80% of Afghanistan is not under the control of the Afghan puppet government or ISAF, that gives a lot of space for the Haqqani Group (HG) to operate in Afghanistan. In fact HG has at its disposal an area equal to Utah and Minnesota combined in Afghanistan, they don’t need Pakistan to run their show.

    In fact, the arrest of Raymond Davis strongly suggested US connection with Pakistan Taliban who are involved in terrorist activities against the people of Pakistan with the help and support of the US Government… People don’t trust you anymore!!!Recommend

  • Ali qureshi
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Pakistan should stop providing sanctuary to a militant force! During an era of heightened rhetoric against militancy/terrorism, the Pakistan state should avoid going down in history as a force that put forth half hearted initiatives to fight what a majority of the developed world regarded as a scourge and “force of evil”

    If Pakistan’s military desires to have bargaining chips on the table, it should bargain on the promise of peace and not further militancy/warlordism/further destitution for an already destitute afghanistan. We are supporting a militant force whose only agenda is to drive out an “evil occupier” (which NATO may well be). And I feel we Pakistanis must ask ourselves what haqqani’s wider manifesto is, if any?

    Kasam say, given hum Pakistanion ko “Allah kay azaab” say bohat khauff ata hai… I feel pakistan’s primarily at its feet right now because, apart from nato’s failures in afghanistan, pakistan’s leadership refuses to keep the best interest of its neighbour at heart. Pakistan was selfish for years while taliban was at afghanistan’s helm – and here we are 15 odd years later fighting the same scourge – that is the true azaab that our mullahs will not speak of.

    Wishing the best for Afghanistan and Pakistan, always.


  • Positive Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:15AM

    where is the evidence?….what is the evidence?


  • Sad but true
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:21AM

    The screws are tightening. Seconds away before the boots ………….


  • Sad but true
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Cameron Munter will also do a favour by naming the same group for killing Indians in Afganstan.


  • Roflcopter
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:24AM

    lol they still think they can blame Pakistan for their failure……Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Mr. Sirajuddin Haqqani is Archbishop of Talibans so do you want us to taken action against top religious leader. He has a dove in one hand and an olive leaf in the other. Sorry Mr. Munter we can not take any action against our strategic religious holy man of peace.


  • Jameel
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:04AM


    They also had credible evidence of
    Saddam’s WMD.

    …and of Osama bin Laden.


  • Mohammad naeem
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:04AM

    Mr munter.. Now will we have to befooled by This old wine in new bottle.


  • Pundit
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:10AM

    “The insurgents who besieged the U.S. Embassy here for nearly 24 hours came prepared for a long standoff: They brought blankets, water bottles and mango juice packaged in Pakistan, which lay strewn on the 13th floor of the unfinished high-rise they’d holed up in.

    They carried a sack of hand grenades, too, which Afghan police said also were manufactured in Pakistan.
    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/14/124132/kabul-attackers-toted-juice-weapons.html#ixzz1YF4LUaTzRecommend

  • Mohammad naeem
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:11AM

    Btw we can see huge change in us attitude. U dont need pak anymore and u r repeating the past.. whatever u had done to this country after afghan war.


  • Aadersh
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:18AM

    These US clowns r too much…


  • Abdul Rehman Gilani
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:19AM


    Only some of their “friends” in the intelligentsia are in prostration to them.


    Hats off!

    Pakistan should have contacts with all legitimate Afghan parties, including the Taliban, as we know Karzai is NOT a representative of Afghanistan. And the US should know, that without Pakistan, any dialogue is doomed to fail, so it stop pleasing india.


  • Ejaaz
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:41AM

    The lies that our military has been telling for decades are not going to wash any more. A majority of Pakistanis hate US and have been fooled into thinking that the Chinese will support Pakistan. The Chinese are now fully aware of the lies and problems Pakistan. Our economy is tanked, our education system stinks and is riddled with Ghost schools, our birth rate is greater than any other country around us. Our Green Passport is a hurdle in getting a Visa to any country in the world, and we are now going to play games with the Haqqani’s? Do we even know how to use the Big Bum we made? Very likely we will end up using it on ourselves accidentally. Recommend

  • Doctor
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:47AM

    More drones. Get rid of the Haqqanis. Every single one.


  • Mohammed Imran
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:24AM

    How to react like a Pakistani faced with unflattering news in 3 easy steps.

    Say evidence is faked
    When evidence is proven or someone confesses, sullenly ignore it

    Whether its spot fixing or terrorist attacks, employ this simple tactic and imitate a Pakistani today!


  • has
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:26AM

    American always had a way to find a way a excuses to attack a sovereign nation. Now they have evidence that the group had 20 hour battle in heart of Kabul was backed up by Pakistani group.Actually the whole drama was made by American new CIA and Defense Department leadership.

    They are lots of sign and reasons American wants Pakistan to be weak state here are some of them.
    1. Since Obama became president drones attacks in Pakistan have increased.
    2. Obama adviser are henry Kissinger and other neo cons who are always are pro war and expansionist .
    3. General David Petraeus has changed seats with Leon Edward Panetta , Now Panetta is head of defence department and Petraeus is head of CIA. This is very bad news for Pakistan.
    4. The attack in Kabul was a movie directed/produced in CIA headquarters and was used by CIA/RAW to pressurize Pakistan Military establishment to give roads for American CIA, army, Marines, Xe services and other private military contractors to operate inside Pakistan.
    5. After the raid in which USA special forces killed the devil Laden in Abottabad, Pakistani serving generals kicked out 200+ trainers from Pakistan. These 200 trainers were elite highly trained snatch and grab forces deployed to secure Pakistani 150 nuclear war heads. 500 of them are ready 24 hours in Kabul for anytime with 50 stealth helicopters to grab nuclear war heads.
    6. Our retired military Generals , Brigadiers, Colonels and Majors are working for major american private contractors who have sold secrets to them.
    7. Our interior minister is right hand man for American Private contractors as well some Corp commaders are direct pay role of uncle sam.
    8. American Uncle Sam always want to break, bomb and Bribe to make things happen. Our retired top brass and some Politicians have investments in Europe and America so they are quietly watching our innocent people die.
    9. The great game is that Pakistan has been always saved by Pastuns and Army now both are fighting each other.
    10. The military expenditure of Pakistan milatry is 6.5 billion US$, Afghanistan military expenditure is 11.6 billion US$.


  • geeko
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:21AM

    LOL how lame Americans are… they try to find a scapegoat, and ironically, when Haqqani himself says that his ‘network’ is no more in Pakistan, the US of A ‘found evidences’. How credible.

    Obviously expect ET’s own Indian trolls to do bhangra.


  • FN
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:46AM
  • Talha
    Sep 18, 2011 - 6:19AM

    @Sad but true:
    The only comment here reflecting the reality is yours. Whether right or wrong, whether Sirajuddin Haqqani or the US is truthful, the only guarantee is that US is inching closer.


  • narayana murthy
    Sep 18, 2011 - 6:25AM

    One important point people are missing…

    If the ambassador is openly saying that Pakistani government is involved with Haqqani network…


    What must be going on behind the scenes…some one must be whispering “bombing to the stone age…” rhetoric into Kiyani’s ears.


  • Pundit
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:57AM

    @ Roflcopter : They also tried to pin the 6 year presence of OBL onto pakistan!


  • Mirza
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:14AM

    Every top Al Qaida leader including Khalid Sheik and OBL have been found in Pakistani safe houses. The other top leaders which are killed and arrested are all from Pakistan and not Afghanistan. What more evidence does one need to see the obvious? Most Pakistanis do not understand the resolve of the US. If Pakistani army would not do it then somebody else would do it. These terrorists would be eliminated one way or the other, just like OBL. Pakistanis should not continue to shovel against the tide.


  • Was A Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Oh Sir I am sure you have evidence… problem is you are not acting in the right way to arrest this growing obscurantism in Pakistan. Recommendation… Stop all aid and loans for 6 months and you will have the whole nation realizing extremism will not get us anywhere.


  • TM
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Why we are foolish so much, closing our eyes from the call what the world is saying. Why we are not giving priority to our economy rather we are thinking about future setup in Afghanistan. If Talban comes into power in Afghanistan (God forbid), they will repeat what they did before and destroyed their country.We should care about our country and heed
    to advice what the world community is shouting.


  • ahmed
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:22AM

    go and wipe out Taliban sanctuaries in Afghanistan first from where they have attacked Chitral, Dir, Bajur and Sawat. The fact of the matter is that taliban are more secure in Afghanistan then in Pakistan, as Haqqani said himself . Americans are just being sore losers and pinning their failure on a bad pitch rather then their bad cricket


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:21AM

    This is the start / beginning for an approval from UNO to attack PAKISTAN!!!


  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Once again US leaders are making plan to attack on Pakistani tribal areas by using lame excuses whereas Haqqani group’s leader has clearly defined that we don’t have any hide outs in Pakistan but as usual US leaders are blaming Pakistani leaders and government accusing of links with Haqqani group.This is totally impossible to understand that why our leaders are showing constantly their cowardice as the silent spectator before US’ leaders’ such these types of negative statements and not defining the realities and truths before the Pakistani nation and US’ leaders and why they are showing effrontery on large scale?And the most importantly Pakistan Army’s silence on such these types of threatening and shameful statements by US leaders is the definite cowardice.Recommend

  • Inam ul Haq Uppal
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:25PM

    After choosing to fight the most illetrate nation can now someone tell my American freinds ” SHER BUN SHER ”


  • Saddique
    Sep 18, 2011 - 3:03PM

    @narayana murthy:

    Be ready!!!!


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 3:23PM

    Is he not the one eyed Jack who ordered the destruction of the Bamiya Buddhas? please hand him over to India. I would like to ask him a few questions!


  • Johar
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:07PM

    This is serious breach of diplomatic protocol and he should be sent home immediately.Stop blaming us for your failures. Nobody invited you to go there. Why dont you yankees cut us some slack and get the hell out of Afghanistan.


  • malik
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:35PM

    When someone accuses me of bad behaviour, my first reaction will be that of indignation coupled with total rejection of charge. I will give reasons why this charge cannot be true and why it is absurd.

    If I straight away say, ‘give me proof, show evidence first’, then it definitely means i have been indulging in bad behavior surreptitiously, without leaving trail. Anyone who offers this kind of defense is more or less likely to be guilty!


  • let there be peace
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:03PM

    These 200 trainers were elite highly trained snatch and grab forces deployed to secure Pakistani 150 nuclear war heads.

    I am trying to visualize in my head, american agents running away with atom bums, carrying them on their head, two persons for one bomb. I wish I was a cartoonist :)


  • Sarcastic
    Sep 19, 2011 - 8:01AM

    What a joke. So the Haqqani network is the only anti-American group out there? Whatever happened to the Afghan Taliban, who have swore to not stop their attacks until NATO and America leave Afghanistan? Did they just disappear into la la land?


  • masood
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:58AM

    @Mohammad naeem:
    aged ,old wine is more expensive than a new bottle


  • Inam ul Haq Uppal
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Did the attackers used American helicopters to enter into the walled and heavily guarded compound undetected? If that b the case only and only uncle saam is responsible who made the choppers available.


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