In his first media appearance, the acting interior minister of Afghanistan considers the US accusations against him fabricated
Afghan Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani affirmed that the continued non-recognition of the government, the freezing of Afghan funds, and its continued placement on the terrorist list is a collective punishment for the Afghan people.
In his first media appearance, Haqqani – in an interview with Al Jazeera – called on Washington to implement its commitments as stipulated in the Doha Agreement.
Haqqani, who asked not to show his picture for reasons he said were security, confirmed that the sanctions imposed on his country have harmed the people, which the Afghan government rejects.
Haqqani revealed the arrest of dozens of ISIS members and members of the security services in the previous government, who were involved in crimes of violence and terrorism, stressing that anyone who commits crimes will be brought to justice, even if they claim to be affiliated with the Islamic Emirate, as he described it.
The acting Afghan Interior Minister denied the accusations that he led the so-called “Haqqani Network”, saying that its goal was to cause division within the Islamic Emirate, which will not happen.
Washington considers the Haqqani network – founded by his father Jalaluddin Haqqani – to be a terrorist, and one of the most dangerous factions that have fought US and NATO forces in the past two decades in Afghanistan.
The United States accuses Sirajuddin Haqqani of involvement in an attack that killed 6 people, including an American, on a guest house (Serena Hotel) in the Afghan capital Kabul in January 2008, and Washington put him on the wanted list of its security services.
The US government has offered more than $5 million as a reward for information leading to his arrest.
The Americans tried to kill him with air strikes, two of which were carried out in February 2010, one of which resulted in the death of his younger brother, Muhammad Haqqani.