11 Facts About Anas Haqqani


Anas Haqqani is the youngest son of fighter Jalaluddin Haqqani, who fought both the Soviets and the Americans, and a brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, now the Minister of Interior of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.


Anas Haqqani has an interest in Pashto poetry, himself being a poet.


Anas Haqqani studied in a local school in North Waziristan, Pakistan, until the seventh grade, while being homeschooled by his father in Islamic studies.


Anas Haqqani later did some short-term courses in politics and computer science but had to stop his higher education when he was captured by the Americans.


Anas Haqqani was detained in Bahrain on 12 November 2014, at the age of 20, when he was legally returning from visiting releasees from Guantanamo Bay detention camp at the Taliban's political office in Doha, Qatar.


Anas Haqqani said that he was detained to try to get the Taliban to hold peace talks with the Afghan government, when the Taliban wanted to negotiate with the US instead.


Anas Haqqani was twice sentenced to death while in prison.

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In defence of Anas Haqqani, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said he was a student and had nothing to do with the militancy.


Anas Haqqani was released on 18 November 2019 in a prisoner exchange.


Anas Haqqani went to Kabul after it fell to the Taliban in August 2021, as did his uncle Khalil Anas Haqqani.


Anas said that representatives of the Haqqani family needed to be there to negate talk that the Taliban was disunited and factionalised and that the Haqqani network was not truly part of it.