In a report to Congress on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally designated the militant Haqqani network — responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against American troops in Afghanistan — as a terrorist organization, two days before a Congressional deadline.
The Haqqanis, a Pashtun tribe with strongholds in southeastern Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, have been blamed for an attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul and other high-profile assaults in Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the Afghan Intelligence — National Directorate of Security (NDS) Shafiqullah Tahiri said the pressures by Washington will have direct affect on Haqqani Network’s operations in Afghanistan.
He said, the network is part of a terrorist network who are never willing to sit in for peace talks and therefore we welcome Washington’s decision to add Haqqani Network in terror blacklist.
The United States also accuses Pakistan’s intelligence agency of supporting the Haqqani network and using it as a proxy in Afghanistan to gain leverage against the growing influence of its arch-rival India in the country.
However a political analyst Abdul Rashid Waziri said the decision by White House will not affect the network’s operations.
He said, Sirajuddin Haqqani is living in a safe haven under the protection of Pakistan’s ISI despite the United States has announced to award $5 million for the death or arrest of him. The pressures will not specifically affect their operations as ISI and Pakistani military are supporting the Haqqani Network.
Mr. Waziri said leader of the Lashkar-e-Tayaba Hafiz Saeed is also in the terror blacklist however he is openly operatingin Pakistan.