Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, January 18th, 2019

Haqqani Network on Global Terror List

The US Treasury Department has included a commander of the Haqqani Network in the list of specially designated global terrorists. It is not what was expected after the statement of State Secretary Hilary Clinton saying the Haqqani Network will be listed as a terrorist organization. It will certainly make no difference by putting one single commander of the evil network in the list, but the organization.

At a time when the US wants Pakistan to take action against the network in North Waziristan, the only message Washington gives to Islamabad and Rawalpindi with this compromise is that, they can keep making excuses avoiding a military operation in the paradise of international terrorists called North Waziristan.

There were speculations in media that the US will designate the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization. The US Secretary of State Ms. Clinton announced the other day that the US Government was in the review stage of designating the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization.

Under an Executive Order 13224, Abdul Aziz Abbasin, said to be a key Haqqani Network commander and Taliban's shadow governor of Orgun District in Paktika, has been listed. Another individual include Haji Faizullah Noorzai, a Taliban commander responsible for moving suicide bombers from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

His brother, Haji Malik Noorzai is responsible for Taliban fundraising. There are some other individuals from Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organizations who are added in this list.

However, the question is, "Why did the US avoid listing the Haqqani Network as an entire organization in the terrorist list?" Does it show Washington wants to keep doors open for future possibility of negotiations? In recent months, Pakistan's military establishment has hinted about the possibility of bringing the network on negotiation table.

By designating the entire Network as a foreign terrorist organization, the US could force Pakistan to take the pressures serious otherwise unilateral actions like the Navy SEALs operation against Bin Laden could also be conducted in North Waziristan against the Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda remnants and other terror groups based there.

But there is always the option for the US to list the network as an entire organization on the list of specially designated foreign terrorist organizations. The US will certainly lose the war on terror in Afghanistan unless the safe havens of militants are not destroyed in North Waziristan and other tribal areas of Pakistan.