Gul conveys Pakistan govt's message to Mullah Omar
KABUL(PAN): Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief has conveyed the Pakistani government message to the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, to leave the country, under pressure from the US, a reliable source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.
Once referred to as the “father of the Taliban, the ex-ISI chief, Gen. Hamid Gul, conveyed the message to Omar, the Taliban supreme leader, to leave Quetta city, the capital of southwestern Balochistan province, a few days back, a high-ranking government official said on condition of anonymity.
The official said Omar had been urged to leave the country due to pressure from the US on Pakistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death in Abbottabad on May 2.
Omar had been told not to be upset with Pakistan's demand and he would be allowed to come back when the situation was returned to normalcy, according to the source.
He said Omar was likely to move toward Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, where he would be easily killed by US troops.
"By this way, Pakistan wants to show the world that the Taliban leader is in Afghanistan," he said.
Afghan political analysts say they are not sure about the report's authenticity, but it is possible because they believe Pakistan had made and broken many deals with Taliban leaders in the past.
There has been a history of deals between militants and Pakistani government and Pakistan had provided dead bodies of some militants to the US, political analyst, Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, said.
"Pakistan's army trains and protects Taliban fighters for its own interest and whenever the establishment comes under pressure, it takes a rare action against the fighters," he said.
"After Osama's death, Pakistan is under extreme pressure from the West to find Omar and Al Qaeda deputy, Ayman Al Zawahiri," he said.
However, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected that their leaders were hiding in Pakistan, saying all their leaders were operating inside Afghanistan fighting against foreign soldiers.
Retired Gen. Hamid Gul, a former head of the ISI spy agency, worked with the CIA through the 1980s to fund and train the Afghan Jihad against the Soviets.
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