Fidai Mahaz for special jury to name new Taliban chief
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban splinter group called Fidai Mahaz led by dissident commander Mansoor Dadullah has asked the movement to create a special tribunal of religious scholar to select the group’s new leader because they would not pledge allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
After the death of Taliban founder and longtime supremo, Mullah Omar, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was elected as his successor, a move that deepened divisions in the insurgency.
Therefore, the Fidai Mahaz on its website said authorised religious scholars should decide on the issue.
The group presented some suggestions and conditions to scholars, saying they should observe leadership qualities in Akhtar Mansour if he could lead the insurgency or not.
The group also accused Akhtar Mansour of killing Mullah Dadullah Akhund and having hand in the killings of many Taliban fighters.
The group claimed Mansoor had attacked Taliban former minister Mullah Mutasim Agha Jan, killed Maulvi Abdul Raqib, attacked Hajji Najibullah and murdered his brother and abducted Mullah Abdul Qayum.
It also accused Mansour of hiding and not implementing orders from the late Mullah Omar, spending Taliban money for personal use, performing irresponsible activities in the absence of Mullah Omar and conducting operations in different areas against Mansoor Dadullah’s fighters.
He hid the death of Mullah Omar in order to get power, the group alleged, saying Mansour’s appointment and living outside of the country meant he had no influence in the country.
The group suggested the establishment of a special court, saying if the jury accepted Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the supreme leader, they would also endorse him.
It also suggested that all Taliban factions should authorise ulema to establish an authorised shura that could lead the process until the appointment of the new leader and family members of Mullah Omar should be given a position and status in the process.
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