In an alleged audio recording of the latest gathering of suicide bombers' families held at the #Intercontinental Hotel, Sirajuddin #Haqqani narrates two stories. First, the story of a father who came to Sirajuddin Haqqani's suicide training camp pleading with him to return his
son back. The father argues that the son is young and impressionable, he states that the son left without his father's permission. Sirajuddin then sends for the boy and asks that he be told that Haqqani wants to speak to him.
When the boy enters the room and lays his eyes on his father, he starts wailing and begs not to be sent home. When the father eventually takes the boy home, he returns in a few days asking Sirajuddin to take back the boy.
He promises to never come back for him and says my son seems adamant that this is his calling.

The second story Sirajuddin narrates is that of their attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in which forty people were killed including 26 Afghans.
He tells the stories of the dreams the attackers had seen in the nights leading up to the attack, claiming that the epiphany of the entry point comes to one of the attackers in his dream. A few hours into the attack, the attackers place a call to one of Sirajuddin's deputies
and ask to be allowed to speak to Sirajuddin one last time. Sirajuddin accepts the risk such a call would entail and speaks to them, wherein they tell him that they can see the Prophet PBUH leading their attack. A collective sob breaks out at the gathering at that point.

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