Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Taliban Qatar office chief Tayyab Agha stands down

Taliban Qatar office chief Tayyab Agha stands down

Aug 04, 2015 - 12:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Tendering his resignation as head of Talibaninfo-icon’s political office in Qatar, Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Tayyab Agha on Tuesday slammed keeping Mullah Muhammad Omar’s death secret as a historic blunder.

Agha expressed these views in an interview with Al-Jazeera and a public statement, in which he called Mullah Mansoor’s nomination as yet another wrong decision by the movement. The statement quoted Agha as saying that leaders nominated outside Afghanistaninfo-icon were unlikely to be efficient.

“Keeping Mullah Omar’s death secret is a blunder. Peace process through Pakistaninfo-icon is not more than a game,” he remarked, saying he had resigned as head of the Taliban’s political office and would not share any news from there.

He wound not intervene in any official matter from now onward. He asked Taliban leaders to appoint his replacement and make all other important decisions within Afghanistan.

Agha added: “In the current controversial situation, I am not supporting any side.” He denied receiving any audio message from Omar since the beginning of the year, saying he had been getting written instructions without a signature.

Differences among Taliban escalated soon after the announcement of Omar’s demise last week. The government said Omar had died in a hospital in Karachi while Taliban rejected the claim.

The group said Mullah Mansoor’s appointment had been made with the consent of all leaders but Mullah Abdul Manan -- Omar’s brother -- opposed the decision in an audio interview.

Media reports said that prominent Taliban leaders had not participated in the gathering where Mullah Mansoor was named while few other leading figures left the meeting in protest.

The Taliban Supreme Council had also opposed Mullah Manoor’s nomination, saying it would announce new leaders after Mullah Omar’s memorial ceremonies were over. 

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, rejected the news of differences within the group and tweeted on Tuesday western media spread propaganda.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.



Twitter Update