The Haqqanis are supposed to be Pakistan’s ace in the hole. Here, Sirajuddin Haqqani can be seen offering his views (this is probably not new). Maybe he was doing it because Pakistani “handlers” feel he should say this. But its likely that GHQ is less puppet-master than puppet. There are a few true believers, but most generals are just morons who happened to be good at getting promoted. They are no more committed to Jihad and the Caliphate than the typical civil servant (which means, not much). People like Musharraf may have thought they were creating asymmetrical force multipliers and strategic depth against India. But we dont have to take their fantasies too seriously. They have been wrong before. They were wrong here too.
Meanwhile, the true believers are cutting off their heads and displaying them on sheets. And not for the first time.
So, the Americans think GHQ is in bed with Islamist terrorists. Islamist terrorists think GHQ is in bed with America.
This is the famous 100 onions strategy brought to near-perfection.
But GHQ is not alone in using this strategy. As above, so below. And vice versa. The US imperial office is trying to decide if the Haqqani network is a terrorist organization. If the US does so designate, they will supposedly upset their hard-pressed heroic Pakistani allies. If the US does not, they will have been duped by their treacherous Pakistani opponents. They will opt for both.