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Saturday, 27 October, 2001, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Mystery surrounds Haq's final journey
Abdul Haq, with an unidentified field commander in Kabul in 1992
Abdul Haq (right) is said to have been hanged
By the BBC's Elizabeth Blunt

Executed Afghan opposition leader Abdul Haq has been buried in his native village near Jalalabad.

Speculation continues about the extent to which Haq's ill-fated journey into Afghanistan, which ended with his capture, was undertaken on behalf of the United States.

Hajii Din Mohammad, brother of Abdul Haq
Haq's family say he was trying to make peace
The Taleban authorities are absolutely clear why they think he was in Afghanistan.

Their spokesmen, like their diplomatic representative in Karachi, Maulvi Rahamatullah Kakazada, depict the dead man as a tool of the US.

Haq's family paint a different picture. They portray him as an Afghan nationalist who was trying to make peace, and using his wide range of contacts to bring people together for the sake of the country.

His younger brother, Daoud Asallah, ridiculed the notion that he was on an American-inspired secret mission, equipped with a satellite telphone and a bag full of American dollars.

Yet it is clear that the Americans were aware of Abdul Haq's mission.

Officials in Washington have confirmed that the US Air Force attempted to help him when it became clear he was in trouble.

Rumours

And there are rumours - although no more than rumours - that American involvement may have gone deeper.

The Taleban consul in Karachi has lent credence to stories that US nationals may have been among Abdul Haq's companions.

There is absolutely no confirmation of this from Washington.

But American officials in any case never normally make any comment on special forces' operations.

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