December 24th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Pakistani sources: Son of notorious insurgent leader is arrested

Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son was reportedly seized in recent days, leads a group closely tied to the Taliban.

A key member of an insurgent network in the Afghan-Pakistani region has been seized recent days, Pakistani military intelligence sources told CNN on Friday.

He is Nasiruddin Haqqani, son of Afghan insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose notorious group, called the Haqqani Network, operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan and is closely tied to the Taliban.

Nasiruddin Haqqani was detained in recent days while driving from Peshawar to the tribal region of North Waziristan, the sources said. The United Nations says he is believed to be based out of Miram Shah in North Waziristan, where the network operates.

The Pakistani military intelligence sources asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

This arrest comes amid concerns among U.S. officials that Pakistan has not been aggressively confronting militants operating in the tribal regions.

The Haqqani Network "has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many high-profile attacks," the United Nations says.

Bill Roggio, managing editor of The Long War Journal, a website that tracks terror-related events and trends, calls the top leadership a "family business."

The United Nations says it consists of Jalaluddin Haqqani's three oldest sons, one of whom is Nasiruddin, who operates as an emissary for the network and spends a lot of time fundraising, the United Nations says.

He apparently speaks Arabic and is a close aide to his father, the United Nations says. His brother, Sirajuddin, is described by the U.S. Treasury Department as the overall leader of the network and the leader of the Miram Shah Regional Military Shura.

The United Nations says the Haqqani Network is believed to have three main sources of funds: Gulf region donations, drug trafficking, and al Qaeda payments.

"In 2004, (Nasiruddin) Haqqani traveled to Saudi Arabia with a Taliban associate to raise funds for the Taliban. He also provided funds in 2004 to militants in Afghanistan for the purpose of disrupting the Afghan presidential election.

"From at least 2005 to 2008, Nasiruddin Haqqani collected funds for the Haqqani Network through various fundraising trips, including during regular travel to the United Arab Emirates in 2007 and through a fundraising trip to another Gulf state in 2008," the United Nations said.

And late last year, Nasiruddin Haqqani "received several hundred thousand dollars from al Qaeda-associated individuals in the Arabian Peninsula" for network activities.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury cited Nasiruddin Haqqani for supporting acts of terrorism. Sirajuddin Haqqani was designated a supporter of terrorism in 2008.

Many observers say the North Waziristan-based group has backing in the Pakistani military.

"Elements within the Pakistani security establishment continue to view the Haqqani Network as a useful ally and proxy force to represent their interests in Afghanistan. To this end, Haqqani forces have repeatedly targeted Indian infrastructure and construction projects in Afghanistan," the Institute for the Study of War said in a report this year.

"The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North Waziristan despite the presence of al Qaeda senior leadership," it said.

A report published earlier this year by the New America Foundation think tank calls the Pakistani agency of North Waziristan "the most important springboard for violence in Afghanistan today, much as it has been for decades."

And it says the Haqqani Network is "the most important militant group" in North Waziristan's Miram Shah, where Jalaluddin Haqqani settled in the mid-1970s after leaving his native Khost province in Afghanistan.

"Jalaluddin quickly became the most important mujahedeen commander in eastern Afghanistan during the 1980s" when Afghan fighters took on the Soviet Union, the report says.

North Waziristan has been a "safe haven" for militants eluding U.S. and Pakistani military actions, it notes.

"Shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in late 2001, thousands of Taliban members associated with the regime flooded into North Waziristan," according to the report, titled "The Battle for Pakistan: North Waziristan."

"Many took shelter in (North Waziristan's) treacherous and heavily forested Shawal Valley, which became a refuge for all sorts of foreign militants, including those from al Qaeda. Pakistani government forces subsequently targeted other Pakistani safe havens, including South Waziristan. In 2004, a wave of militants arrived in North Waziristan after being pushed out of South Waziristan's Shakai Valley. More recently, a variety of militants associated with the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan is believed to have sought safe haven in North Waziristan."

Will the arrest make an impact in the war against the Taliban? Roggio doubts it.

He says the Haqqanis are one of the Pakistani state's premier proxies and puts them on par with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Pakistan-based group that was blamed for a violent siege on Mumbai in November 2008.

He notes that there has been pressure to appease and deflect pressure from the United States and NATO.

"When the heat gets turned up," he said, Pakistan will make a gesture but "not a real sacrifice."

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Right and I'm the President Of The World!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jonnyposter

    He looks happy now that he is arrested. Very happy. I bet it is because we now allow the gay in the military and he is hoping it will be fun to be held captive, playing hide and seek, peekaboo where are you, and all those gay games gays play. Now we have a chance of winning! Maybe they will all surrender this year and it will be over ... finally.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    What does that have to do with what He or She says???

    January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    What difference does it make if it is a He are She??? Still have the right to opinion!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Killathethrilla

    You can look at this evil Bas**ard and know he is a criminal???He has that Talibani look!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Holden

    Where does this take place?

    January 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Are You Admitting It To Us???

    January 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Are You Admitting it???

    January 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. victor

    pot forever said the raven nevermore lol

    January 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. victor

    oneday everyone will have his day in court, and must face judgement day the good the bad and the ugly.

    January 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. victor

    anybody that abuses women, and little children should be sent to pelican bay state prison,im sure you will have your rearend tourn-out and soon you would be calling me daddy,chump

    January 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. concerned

    To keep the trash out!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dindy

    Dan in LAFAYETTE..God has been a father to many and a husband to many widows. you are taught by God and blessed by Him. Be happy and praise every day. Right now I am in your beautiful country .You guys have many things to be thankful I Hope and pray this war will end soon too. So people can praise more !!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Thank you Dindy I praise him all the time. I've been in very difficult times in my life but he always gets me through it. My grandmother had passed away recently of Alzheimers disease at 96 and now my mother has it at 78, she is in the hospital now and we all are praying for her, but she too will probably live a long life with the help of Jesus and family and friends. Also praying no other family members get it.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Thanks for the prayers Dindy my mother seems to be doing much better. She is just north of Chicago and my car can't make it up there but my brother is seeing her know and she is talking instead of mumbling. He's there now I'll here from him later. Thanks again.

        January 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. willemaket

    And another one bites the dust!. Keep up the good work in bringing down these radicals!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tanker10

    They cover thier face so you can't tell if it a man or woman , because they are COWARDS they hide there face's like women . I say pull out and let them kill EACH OTHER . All they want from us is money , and then laugh about how stupid we are , These county's have NO respect for ANY one but themselfs , they are full of hate you can't help someone who dose not want it. We have to stop telling other county how to live maybe they like it that way ,nice and simple. We can't keep telling these people you have to live this way or that way , we sure as hell don't like it when someone is telling us how to live.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  16. Abdulla

    Going around the Middle East Islamic country grasping for straws. Maybe You will learn Islam better.

    December 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Matt

    I wonder who his replacement is.....

    December 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tony russo


    December 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I doubt it very much, they have no super power to back them up just crazed Islamic radicals that think their doing God a favor by killing all nonbelievers of their deadly version of Islam.

      December 29, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Bledsoe, God gave us the knowledge to make this kind of weaponry to use on these ungodly people who unjustly and inhumanely punish the Afghan people so to terrorize them to follow their hateful ideology and ungodly war against all religions except Islam, which they believe will rule the world soon!

    December 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. LarryKegel(US Army)

    If We got rid of all the Right Wing People of the World... This be a better place to live!!!

    December 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. InfidelHere

    Is that what we are calling ISLAMIC terrorists today – – "insuirgents"?? Islamic insurgents, militants, radicals, extremists, al-Qaida, fundamentalists, jihadists, or whatever is the adjective today are actually "good" Muslims, not bad ones. The "radicals" haven't corrupted Islam, hijacked their religion, nor interpreted it incorrectly, and therefore they aren't radicals or extremists!.

    Islam isn't a peaceful religion; it is a declaration of war against all mankind. While "bad" Muslims can be moderate, peaceful or "not-Muslim-enough", these people have NO influence because even their “holy” (cough-cough) Koran tells "good" Muslims to KILL them!!

    I wish that our news organizations would answer that question instead of giving us the same 'ole terms like "radical" and "extremists" when all the evidence points that they are actually being "good" muslims...not BAD ones!!

    December 28, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Stupid Yokobi,

      You said that "but I have a good muslim friend that borrowed an American flag from me after 9/11 to hang on his garage when there was a run on them. He still has the American flag on his garage, "

      – He didn't do it because of Patriotism. He got scared of American people. He thought that those people are going to kill him and kill his family(thats what those stupid mullas do in your country if some minority do anything like 911 in your country). Now I can agree that you are 100% brainless....

      December 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. petruski

    If the sources were not authorized to talk to the press, why did they do it? Corruption? Who paid?

    December 28, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I am a pothead Santana freak. Got any beef with that?

    December 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jaga

    Pak is place of breeding terrorist

    December 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      That's funny,I thought that the U.S. government had them paid off.

      December 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        They wanted Virgins not money!!!

        December 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We are trying to get Pakistan to allow Our Troops to go in and get them!!! Hopefully They will give us the word soon...

      December 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Christmas and News Years!!!

    December 27, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  26. carlos

    only to be replaced by another hajji loco.. who cares

    December 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasbad Sirron

      good call mate..Haji Loco...hahahah....or in Pashtun...Haji Lewaney.

      December 26, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    My father died when I was 8 years old and my mother never remarried. She was a good parent and did all she could to raise us four boys, but in our teenage years we drove her crazy and ended up in an orphanage which so happened to be catholic. They do a whole lot of good for the poor and disadvantaged no matter what your faith is. I am Baptist. But anyway the good Lord had gotten us all back together again because of our faith, we have gotten through some bad times in the last 40 or so years. Without Him I would probably be dead now and not be able to talk or see my family! Now I have 2 grandchildren who know the Lord Jesus and also will not be forgotten just like my 2 sons!

    December 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  28. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Merry Christmas To Everyone... I hope You have a Great One...

    December 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |