KABUL: Afghan Taliban have confirmed death of Haqqani Network leader Jalaluddin Haqqani , reported Dawn News.
According to reports, Jalaluddin Haqqani died a natural death a year ago and was buried in Afghan province Khost.
Founded by Jalaluddin, the network is considered the most dangerous faction in the Taliban army in Afghanistan.
The Haqqanis have been blamed for spectacular attacks on Afghan government and Nato targets across Afghanistan as well as kidnappings and murders.
They are considered to be closest militant group to Pak Army, as former DG ISI Shuja Pasha stated before Abbottabad Commission that Haqqani Network was a brainchild of ISI and CIA, and was formed to fight against Soviet Union.
Jalaluddin was a mujahedeen leader sponsored by the CIA, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the fight against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. He served in the Taliban government after it took power in 1996 following years of civil war.
He is known to have close ties to al Qaeda, and after the fall of the Taliban regime in the 2001 US-led invasion, he joined the insurgency.
In recent years, his son Sirajuddin has taken on increasing leadership within the group from his father, who was born in 1942.
Jalaluddin was also on the UN sanctions list since January 31, 2001. The provisions of the Security Council resolutions 1267 (1999), and 1333 (2000) apply to him, which, among other things, bar the international travel of listed individuals and prevent any assistance to them.