• publish: 7 December 2015
  • time: 6:06 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 2535

Taliban leader likely injured in infighting in Pakistan

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said that the supreme leader of the Taliban group Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has likely sustained injuries in an internal clash in Pakistan.

In his speech during the Weekly Council of Ministers meeting, Abdullah confirmed that the government was aware of an internal clash among the Taliban leaders with conflicting reports suggesting Mullah Mansoor has been killed or wounded.

However, he said the location of the incident reveals another aspect of the movements against the Afghan people, apparently gesturing towards the provision of shelter to anti-government armed militant groups in Pakistan.

Abdullah further added that the government of Afghanistan expects that those who are thinking about Afghanistan, the Afghan people and Islam should also think about their own people and never become victims of conspiracies against Afghanistan.

The latest remarks by Abdullah is believed to add more to the ambiguities surround the fate of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who has been declared dead by certain Afghan government officials and Taliban sources.

Although the Taliban group has rejected reports suggesting that Mullah Mansoor has been wounded or killed in an internal clash, a number of senior Taliban leaders said Sunday that Mullah Mansoor has likely been killed or succumbed to his injuries following the clash.

Taliban on Saturday night released an audio recording – five days after reports circulated regarding the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

A man purporting to Mullah Mansoor dismissed the reports as propaganda and an attempt to further to spread the propaganda regarding growing difference among the Taliban ranks which led to infighting.

Another Taliban official has also confirmed to Reuters that Mullah Mansoor has been killed and has been replaced by deputy Taliban chief Sheikh Hebatullah Akhundzada.

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