Islamabad: The Haqqani network has denied its involvement in the assassination of the former Afghanistan president Burhannudin Rabbani and links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son Sirajuddin said this in an audio message to the BBC.
The BBC had passed on questions for the militant leader through an intermediary, who returned with the audio response, the Dawn reports.
“We haven’t killed Burhanuddin Rabbani and this has been said many times by the spokespersons of the Islamic Emirate,” Sirajuddin was quoted, as saying.
Talking about his group’s ties with the ISI, Sirajuddin said that during the 1980s mujahideen fighters “had contacts with the intelligence agencies of Pakistan and other countries, but after the invasion by the Americans there have never been contacts by intelligence agencies of other countries which could be effective for us”.
He also claimed that the accusations of links to the ISI were an attempt “to hide their failure and to confuse people’s minds”.