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Abbas Stanikzai replaces Tayyab Agha as Qatar office head

Abbas Stanikzai replaces Tayyab Agha as Qatar office head

Aug 05, 2015 - 13:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Mullahinfo-icon Sher Mohammad Agha Abbas Stanikzai has replaced Tayyab Agha as Talibaninfo-icon’s Qatar office head, a media report said on Wednesday.

Tayyab Agha resigned the position in protest over Mullah Omar’s death being kept under wraps, calling it a historic blunder. He also vehemently criticised Mullah Mansoor’s appointment as new Taliban leader. 

Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reported Stanikzai -- a supporter of Mullah Mansoor -- had been appointed as new head of Taliban's political office in Doha.

In a statement, Stanikzai said: “I and other members of the political office ... declare allegiance to honourable Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. We consider this decision in accordance with Islamic Sharia and will follow his instructions.”

The Taliban website carried Stanikzai’s condolence and grief in a message over the death of Mullah Omar. Earlier, media reported serious differences among Taliban leaders over the appointment of the new leader.  



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