Pakistan imposed mutinous persons on us: Dadullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah has alleged that Pakistani intelligence agencies suppressed the voices of religious scholars who wanted to appoint a legitimate successor of Taliban’s supreme commander Mullah Omar.
In a video circulated on social media, Dadullah said the positions of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan were being distributed in Pakistan and intelligence agencies of that country had been making demands on them against the national interests.
The 17-minute video shows pictures and brief conversations of former Taliban leader Ustad Yasir and other leaders and then Mullah Mansoor Dadullah starts his conversation.
Wearing a black turban with two Taliban leaders in white turbans on his left and right, Dadullah reads from a written statement. Behind him, some Taliban gunmen stand near a white flag.
Dadullah, the younger half brother of the slain Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah Akhund who was killed by US, NATO and Afghan forces in 2007, said after his fallout with Mullah Omar, a number of self-centered and greedy persons appeared in the movement.
These individuals, he said, appointed the new supreme leader against the wishes of religious scholars.
He said the Pakistani intelligence agencies suppressed the voices of religious scholars and imposed mutinous persons on them.
He said they refused allegiance to the new leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, in line with the decision of religious leaders. He asked all the Taliban to join them against the activities of intelligence agencies.
He said when he reached Zabul province from Pakistan, the Taliban’s governor for Zabul sent him a delegation and asked about the reason behind his arrival in the province. “I told them that Pakistan’s ISI is making demands on us which are against our beliefs and national interests,” he said.
He said if he wanted the leadership of the Taliban, he would not have left Pakistan, where the positions of the Islamic Emirates were being distributed.
Dadullah also alleged that intelligence agencies in Pakistan had been asking him for target killings. He added Pakistan offered him besides other facilities one-third of logistics, technical and military assistance, but he rejected all and returned to his country.
He said when he reached Zabul, the Taliban governor sent him a delegation of religious scholars who called for reconciliation.
“I gave the ulema the authority, but the Taliban governor did not,” he said, adding then the governor sent armed men on 50 motorcycles who attacked him two weeks ago, but he asked his men not to fight in order to avoid shedding the blood of Muslims.
Dadullah said his group had launched efforts to resolve differences with the opponent in a peaceful manner through mediation of religious scholars.
He claimed Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour had created a special force of warriors to kill him and his friends, calling on the Taliban fighters to stay home instead of fighting with their fellow Muslims in order to avoid fitna.
He asked his supporters and friends in the Taliban ranks to separate themselves from Mansour because the special force had been created against mujahideen.
He also urged his supporters to fight only in self-defence and when they were attacked and asked Mansour to provide information about Mullah Omar’s death, burial and grave to the Muslims. Dadullah said he was in Zabul and asked other Taliban militants to join him.
Reports recently said there had been clashes between supporters of Dadullah and Mansour with both the sides suffering casualties.
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