Taliban meet Pakistani cleric on succession row
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two rival factions of Afghan Taliban Wednesday met with Maulana Samiul Haq, chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), and explained their viewpoint with regard to the differences that emerged between them over the election of the successor to late Mulla Mohammad Omar, Pakistani media reports.
The News newspaper reported that the two delegations also discussed with Maulana Samiul Haq the likely mediatory role of Pakistani Ulama and religious personalities, including the JUI-S chief in resolving the differences.
It said that the delegations of the two Taliban groups held separate meetings with the JUI-S chief at an undisclosed location in Akora Khattak in Nowshera, sources revealed.
They said that a 47-member delegation of the newly appointed head of Afghan Taliban, Mulla Akhtar Mansour, led by Hafiz Mohibullah had a meeting Maulana Samiul Haq Tuesday night.
Other members of the delegation included Mulla Noor Mohammad Saqib, Mulla Abdul Kabir, Maulana Ahmadullah Nanay, ex-ministers, religious scholars and commanders. The delegation informed Maulana Samiul Haq of the negotiations being held to solve the issue over the selection of new Taliban leader.
Sources said that later a delegation of the rival group that wanted Mulla Omar’s son Mulla Mohammad Yaqoob to become the Taliban movement head called on the JUI-S chief and discussed with him their reservations over the announcement of Mulla Akhtar Mansour as successor to Mulla Omar.
The anti-Mansour delegation comprised of former deputy foreign minister in the Taliban government Mulla Abdul Jalil, ex-governors Mulla Muhammad Hassan Rehmani and Mulla Mohammad Rasool.
Sources said that Maulana Samiul Haq asked the two factions to sink their differences and foil the conspiracies of anti-Taliban forces. He urged them to unite under one flag and support the successor to Mulla Omar.
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