The Haqqani network have discussed with Al-Qaeda to form a new unit. who were blamed for the terrorist attack on Sikhs in Kabul in March last year made by the US Treasury Department. In a review of its actions to stop terrorist financing and money laundering, the Treasury Department also provided information on the Afghan Taliban’s close contacts with al-Qaeda despite the agreement in February last year.
The former head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, described the Haqqani network as the hand of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI). The Haqqani network along with the Lashkar-e-Taiba is blamed for the Sikh pilgrimage attack in Kabul last year. About 30 people were killed in this attack. The Haqqani network has often been accused of targeting Indian interests in Afghanistan.
The Treasury Department briefed the Pentagon in a document that the top leadership of the Haqqani network discussed the creation of a new joint unit of armed combatants. The unit will be built in collaboration with al-Qaeda. No further information is given in this document dated January 4.
Some reports even claim that the attack on Sikhs was done because the terrorists had failed to target the Indian embassy in Kabul. According to the document, the Haqqani network is originally from Waziristan in Pakistan and carries out cross border activities in eastern Afghanistan and Kabul.
In May last year, Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a network involved in the attack on Sikhs. The network was a joint unit of the Haqqani and Islamic State. It is noteworthy that the National Director of the Security Agency of Afghanistan has said that this organization is also responsible for the attack on the crowd of Shia Hazra minorities and the rocket attack in the swearing-in program of President Ashraf Ghani. The US Treasury Department also said that Al Qaeda had been increasing its strength in Afghanistan over the past year. At the same time, he was continuing his activities under the protection of the Taliban.