PESHAWAR

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Chief of the Haqqani mil­i­tant net­work and fa­ther of Si­ra­jud­din Haqqani, Jalu­lud­din Haqqani, died al­most a year ago of nat­u­ral causes and was buried in Afghan province of Khost, ac­cord­ing to re­li­able sources among the Afghan Tal­iban.

While news of Jalalud­din Haqqani's death had been mak­ing rounds for al­most a month now, mul­ti­ple cred­i­ble sources in Tal­iban con- firmed on Fri­day that he had died of ill­ness al­most a year ago.

The mil­i­tant group has not of­fi­cially given out a state­ment over Haqqani's demise yet.

Sources, how­ever, say Si­ra­judin Haqqani, Jalalud­din's son, has been run­ning the mil­i­tant net­work for over a year now, ever since his fa­ther's ill­ness. The Haqqani net­work was founded by Jalalud­din Haqqani - an Afghan guer­rilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops Afghanistan in the 1980s.

In the 1980s, Jalalud­din was close to the CIA and Pak­istani in­tel­li­gence. He al­lied him­self to the Tal­iban af­ter they took power in Kabul in 1996, serv­ing as a cab­i­net min­is­ter un­der the mili­tia's supreme leader, Mul­lah Mo­ham­mad Omar.

When Amer­i­can troops ar­rived af­ter the 9/11 at­tacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pak­istan's tribal dis­trict of

in North Waziris­tan and be­came one of the first anti-US com­man­ders based in the bor­der ar­eas.

Jalalud­din had set up a base in North Waziris­tan fol­low­ing the fall of the Tal­iban regime in 2001, un­der which he was the min­is­ter for bor­der af­fairs. He used his North Waziris­tan base to di­rect the Haqqani net­work's oper­a­tions. The group is ac­cused of be­ing be­hind some of the dead­li­est at­tacks in Afghanistan.

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