• publish: 20 August 2015
  • time: 12:07 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 761
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Ulema Council of Taliban to announce new chief for Taliban today

Amid widening rifts among the Taliban leadership regarding the appointment of former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s successor, a 17-member Ulema Council is due to announce their decision regarding the group’s new chief today.

It is yet not clear who are forming the 17 member Ulema Council but it was formed after Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Yaqoob and his brother Mullah Abdul Manan opposed with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

It has been reported that Mullah Mansoor has gone missing during the past few days and is not contactable, even by deputy Haibatullah Akhunzada as well as through Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son Khalifa Haqqani.

A member of the Ulema Council quoted by a local media in Pakistan said decision would be made on regarding the parties who would succeed as the new Taliban chief.

The first party includes Mullah Yaqoob and Mullah Abdul Manan, the second party is comprised of Mullah Haji Qayoom Zakir, Mansoor Dadullah and Mullah Abdul Razzak, while the third party is Mullah Mansoor who has already filled the gap and has received pledges of allegiance including the one from al Qaeda chief Aymen Al Zawahiri.

There are fears of further rift among the Taliban leadership if the council decides to appointment Mullah Omar’s son as the new Taliban chief.

Mullah Omar’s death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said last month Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Taliban’s top commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah confirmed earlier that Mullah Omar did not die naturally but was assassinated, confirming the reports suggesting Mullah Omar was mysteriously killed in April 2013 in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of the former senior Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah who was actively operating in southern Helmand province before he was killed during an operation in Helmand province in 2007.

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