The rift could result into a split among the Taliban group leadership and could derail fledgling peace talks between the insurgency and the Afghan government and open the way for the Islamic State group to expand its foothold in the country, according to Reuters.
Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, a spokesman for the anti-Mansour faction, said talks between Mansour and the dissatisfied commanders had failed.
“We waited for two months and wanted Mullah Mansour to understand the situation and step down to let the Supreme Council choose the new leader by consensus – but he failed,” said Niazi.
Niazi further added that the dissident commanders will now direct their own attacks on the Afghan government and its foreign allies in Afghanistan.
“Anyone engaged in militant activities under the leadership of Mullah Mansour isn’t a jihadi,” he said. “We will now publicly oppose him.”
This comes as the Taliban group claimed earlier last week that the issues among the Taliban leadership have been resolved with the allegiance of Mullah Omar’s son Maulavi Mohammad Yaqoob and his brother Mullah Abdul Manan to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
The circumstances surrounding the decision by Mullah Omar’s family members to pledge allegiance to Mullah Mansoor is not clear so far as Mullah Manan had earlier opposed with the election of Mullah Mansour as the replacement for supreme leader of Taliban and had warned of internal fighting within the group.
He wanted Maulavi Yaqoob to succeed his father as the supreme leader of Taliban insisting that Mullah Mansoor was not elected by majority of Taliban’s central Shura ‘council’.
However, the Taliban group said the family members of Mullah Omar delayed the announcement of allegiance to Mullah Mansoor considering the interests of the group, and rejected that the delay was caused due to rift among the Taliban leadership.