Anas Haqqani and Qari Abdul Rashid Omari (a.k.a. Hafiz Rashid). NDS photos via Khaama Press.
The Taliban threatened to attack “judicial installations” if the Afghan government follows through on executing Anas Haqqani, the brother of the group’s deputy emir who is also the operational leader of the Haqqani Network. Anas was detained in 2014 along with Qari Abdul Rasheed Omari, the Haqqani Network’s military commander for southeastern Afghanistan, after visiting the five Taliban leaders in Qatar who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who deserted his unit in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban.
“Last time after the execution of the political prisoners many judicial installations were attacked giving severe blow to the government,” the Taliban said in a statement released on its official website, Voice of Jihad, on Sept. 2.
“If the higher courts also uphold the death sentence to Anas Haqqani, it will have very disastrous and dangerous consequences for the current regime,” it continued. “The war and its intensity will increase in all parts of the country. A lot of blood will be spilled and the government will be responsible for all of it.”
An Afghan court purportedly sentenced Anas to death in late August, Zee News reported at the end of the month.
Anas is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network who serves as a member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban’s executive council. Anas’ brother, Sirajuddin, is the operational commander of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network who was named as one of the two deputies to Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the emir of the Taliban, in May 2016. Sirajuddin wields significant influence within the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, and is also linked to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.
The Taliban dispute the method of the detention of Anas and Rashid, a.k.a. Qari Abdul Rashid Omari, the younger brother of Mohammad Nabi Omari. Omari is a senior Taliban official who was held at Guantanamo beginning in late 2002. The Taliban have also said that the two were detained illegally.
(Arrahmah.com) – Anas Haqqani is the youngest son of the respected Al-Haj Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani and is a Talib-ul-ilm (student) in his last year of studies who does not have an affiliation with any current political movements. Utilizing the holidays from his studies following Eid-ul-Adha, he embarked on his first foreign visit to meet the freed Guantanamo detainees after an invitation by the family of Mawlawi Muhammad Nabi Umari (former Guantanamo detainee).
Qari Abdul Rasheed Umari, the son of Muhammad Umar and the younger brother of Mawlawi Muhammad Nabi Umari was also on a visit to meet his freed brother.
While returning home on 12th October after spending about a week both were captured by the American forces in Bahrain from where they were sent back to Qatar and then handed over to Kabul via United Arab Emirates.
It must be mentioned that the above mentioned journey took place under the watchful eyes of America before both men were handed over to Kabul despite the freed Guantanamo detainees being assured that their relatives may visit them unharmed.
The claims of the Kabul regime that both men are military commanders of the Islamic Emirate and have been detained in a complex operation inside the country are an absolute fabrication far away from any reality.
The Islamic Emirate considers this action unethical and against all established laws. The said persons are not even on any lists who might be wanted by America and neither did they hold any positions in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on all concerned parties to take urgent action and free the victims as quickly as possible.
We cannot understand under which law America took this action! while America always emphasizes on being bound to international laws and humanitarian values but carries out such contrary actions that become a cause for the prolongation of war.
How can one trust overtures of peace by the administrations of Kabul and America when they act in such an unprincipled and unlawful way with the ordinary Afghan citizens! From this we can take away that the American and Kabul administrations are not bound by any international law when it suits their political objectives and neither are they truthful in their calls of peace and reconciliation! Such actions will also have a very bad effect on any future relations between America and the Islamic Emirate.
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