Omar’s family, others oppose new Taliban supremo
In a statement on Thursday, Taliban confirmed the death of Mullah Omar but did not mention the exact time of his demise. Later, they announced Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor as their new leader.
Several shura members such as Mullah Abdul Razzaq, former Nimroz governor, Mullah Mohammad Rasool, ex-Kandahar governor, Mullah Mohammad Hassan, Mullah Omer’s secretary Mullah Abdul Salam participated in the meeting.
A source close to Taliban said several leaders including Omar’s son Mullah Yaqoob, Mullah Abdul Manan, Mullah Qayyum Zakir and Sheikh Habibullah walked out of the meeting in protest after Mansoor was proposed as new leader.
Two splintered groups also showed their opposition to Mansoor as new leader. Former Taliban finance minister and member Mullah Agha Jan Mautasem and the Fidaee Mahaz Group rejected Mansoor’s appointment.
A source close to Mullah Mautasem told Pajhwok Afghan News the core committee had taken the decision in haste since several prominent members did not participate in the meeting.
Following the latest development, Mullah Mautasem is expected to announce his future plan soon.
Fidaee Mahaz expressed serious concerns over the death of Omar and highly appreciated his struggles and efforts. It claimed Omar had been killed by same people who were involved in prominent Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah’s murder.
The group also alleged Mansoor’s involvement in the killing of Mullah Omar. But the Taliban have not yet commented on rifts within the group or any differences over the appointment of their new leader.
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