Jalaluddin Haqani is also dead, Taliban sources

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PESHAWAR, Jul 31: After confirmation of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, the Taliban sources claimed that head of Haqqani network Jalulddin Haqqani had also died a year ago of natural causes and was buried in Afghan province of Khost. Jalaluddin Haqqani is the father of new deputy chief of Afghan Taliban Sirajuddin Haqqani. Quoting Taliban sources media reported that he had died of illness almost a year ago. However, the Haqqani network has not officially given out a statement over Haqqani’s demise. 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 in 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. Jalaluddin was also on the UN Sanctions list since January 31, 2001. The provisions of the UNSC resolutions 1267 (1999), and 1333 (2000) apply to him, which, among other things, bar the international travel of listed individuals and prevent any assistance to them.

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