Mullah Omar’s family denies allegiance to Mansour
KABUL (Pajhwok): A brother of Taliban’s late supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Sunday said his family had pledged allegiance to no one and was not ready to do so until differences existed in the insurgency.
Mullah Abdul Manan said this in a video clip, a copy of which is available with Pajhwok Afghan News. Four days ago, the Taliban announced their supreme leader Mullah Omar had died of sickness. Later, the movement elected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the group’s new leader.
But Mullah Manan, a brother of the dead supremo, said: “Mullah Omar had always hoped for unity and he had been successful to some extent. To fulfill his wish, our stance is that the views of those individuals who had played a key role in the establishment of the Islamic Emirate should be respected in the election of the new leader.”
“To fulfill this wish (of Omar), our family is ready to work towards that end. We have not pledged allegiance to anyone and we are not ready to do so in the presence of differences.” He urged religious scholars to work for resolving differences in the group instead of taking sides.
In their statement, the Taliban had said Mullah Mansour was elected as new leader at a gathering held on Thursday. It said Taliban leaders, members and religious scholars pledged allegiance to Mansour.
In his first public audio message after being elected as new Taliban leader, Mullah Mansour on Saturday called for unity in the insurgency and an end to internal differences.
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