• publish: 3 January 2016
  • time: 10:55 am
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 2857

Taliban confirm death of former deputy foreign minister

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan confirmed death of the group’s top leader Sayyed Muhammad Haqqani due to natural causes.

Mawlawi Haqqani has been described as Taliban group leadership’s top figure for being involved in different affairs of the Taliban insurgency since the formation of the group in mid 90s, Khaama Press reported.

According to Taliban, Mawlawi Haqqani was the former deputy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Executive of Administration Bureau.

He was the current deputy head of Commission for Cultural Affairs of the militant group and played key role in spreading propaganda during the Taliban-led insurgency since the fall of the Taliban regime following the US-led invasion in 2001.

Taliban did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where Mawlawi Haqqani was based and died, however the group’s top leaders are mainly based in Pakistan and are operating from the Quetta Council.

The persistent activities by the Taliban group using the Pakistani soil has been the main source of tension between Kabul and Islamabad with the officials continuously criticizing Pakistan for providing sanctuaries to the anti-government armed militant groups, specifically the Haqqani Network and Taliban group, accused of major terror attacks in the country.

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