THOUGH the government is trying to weaken Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Chief Baitullah Mehsud through aerial assaults, it has so far been unable to garner support of key Afghan Taliban leader Jalaluddin Haqqani as part of its efforts to isolate him, according to BBC. The BBC, quoting official sources, reported that the NWFP government, through its aides, had engaged Haqqani and asked him to stop backing Baitullah Mehsud so as to weaken the TTP Chief, but so far, it has earned nothing as Haqqani has refused to do so. According to reports, Afghan national Jalaluddin Haqqani is ill and inactive nowadays. However, his son Sirajuddin Haqqani is reportedly quite active against Allied Forces in Afghanistan. The US government has announced a bounty of $5 million on his head. Siraj is also accused of attacking Sareena Hotel in Kabul and trying to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai. According to some experts, efforts by the ANP government were 'a non-starter from day one because Haqqani and his son cannot even think of dissociating themselves from fighters in Pakistan. It was Siraj who played a vital role in uniting three major Taliban leaders - Hafiz Gul Bahadur, Baitullah Mehsud and Mullah Nazir - in Waziristan. On the other hand, the government, through local tribal leaders, is pressing Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Mullah Nazir groups in North and South Waziristan to drop their backing to Baitullah Mehsud. However, local tribesmen said the government is unable to get desired results in this connection as well.