Taliban barred from holding ceremony for Omar
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials in southern Ghazni province on Monday barred militants from holding a condolence session for the late Mullah Mohammad Omar in the Qarabagh area of Ghazni City, the provincial capital.
Taliban earlier confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Omar but did not say when or where he died. The statement says “his [Mullah Omar's] health condition deteriorated in the last two weeks” and “not for a single day did he go to Pakistan”.
Mohammad Anwar, a resident of the locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban held memorial ceremony for late Mullah Umar in the Qarabagh locality, five kilometres from Ghazni City.
Rahmatullah, another resident, said Taliban yesterday announced on loudspeakers to hold memorial ceremony for their late leader and order people to make donations.
Taliban fled the area and the memorial ceremony was scuttled after security officials arrived in the area, he added.
The governor spokesman confirmed the issue and said security forces arrived in the area and stopped the condolence session.
But Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected holding any funeral in absentia for late their leader. However, he did not say anything about holding any memorial ceremony.
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