Peshawar, July 2(ANI): The Haqqani network, a dominant faction of the Afghan Taliban, has disowned Pakistani militant commander Fazal Saeed Haqqani, saying that he is not part of their network.
Fazal Saeed Haqqani was the leader of the Hakimullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Kurram Agency. A few days ago, he parted ways with Hakimullah and formed his own militant organization, Tehrik-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan (TTIP).
A spokesman for the Haqqani network called The News from an undisclosed location and rejected a claim made by Fazal Saeed that he was affiliated with their network.
"We have learnt that Fazal Saeed has told media oragnisations, including the BBC Urdu service, that he is affiliated with the Haqqani network, which is absolutely wrong," the spokesman said.
He said that like several other Pakistani militants, Fazal Saeed was also once part of their network and fought under the leadership of Sirajuddin Haqqani in Afghanistan against the US-led occupying forces.
But Fazal Saeed and many other Pakistani militants returned home and formed their militant organisations and started fighting against their own government and armed forces, he added.
The Haqqani network and its fighters are engaged in fight against the US-led occupation forces for liberation of their homeland, the spokesman said, adding that the Haqqani network has nothing not do with Pakistani militants. (ANI)