'Haqqani network may have logistical role in India bombings'
A key US lawmaker has said that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network may have had some "logistical role" behind bombings incidents in India.world Updated: May 12, 2011 09:35 IST
A key US lawmaker has said that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network may have had some "logistical role" behind bombings incidents in India.
"We believe that they may have some logistical role in helping in the bombings in India," Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in response to a question at the Council on foreign Relations (CFR), a Washington-based eminent think tank.
Rogers, who is being briefed regularly by the American intelligence agencies including the CIA, however did not specify any particular terrorist attacks inside India, but apparently was referring to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
This is possibly for the first time that the name of the Haqqani network, a terrorist network based in Pakistan, has figured in any terror related activity in India.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had yesterday slapped sanctions against Badruddin Haqqani, one of the outfits top commanders.
Badruddin is the son of HQN founder Jalaluddin Haqqani and his brothers Nasiruddin Haqqani and Sirajuddin Haqqani, are all Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
Interestingly, the Haqqani network hasn't yet been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the US. Last month, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said that elements in ISI support the network.
"The Haqqani network is still alive and well and producing suicide bombers and logistics and finance and soldiers in the fight both for Afghanistan," Rogers said in his appearance before the Council on Foreign Relation.
Earlier this month, former Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf had denied reports that his country was using the Haqqani network as a proxy war against India.
"I don't think Haqqani is being used as a proxy against India. In India there are other groups. And they are involved in India.
And there is great sentiment in Pakistan to join in these groups and go across the border into Kashmir and fight the Indian army but I don't see them involved in that," Musharraf told the Fox News in an interview.