Mullah Mansour again rejects clerics’ call
KABUL (Pajhwok): The breakaway Taliban’s Islamic Emirate High Council on Wednesday said Mullah Akhtar Mansour had once again responded in the negative to a 1000-member delegation of religious scholars over the insurgency’s leadership row.
In a statement, the council said the death of Taliban’s founder and long-time supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had plunged the Afghan people and the world into a dilemma.
It said the new leadership after Omar’s demise had been appointed in an improper and un-Islamic way and in this regard, the stance of Afghanistan religious scholars and the Islamic Emirate High Council was clear.
The statement said the High Council’s principle stance was that that the leadership election should take place in a proper way and the new leader of Taliban should be appointed unanimously by all ulema, members of the leadership council, influential elders and all military commanders.
For this purpose, a 1000-member delegation of Afghanistan religious scholars had been making efforts to preserve unity within in the movement, but unfortunately yesterday Mullah Akhtar Masnour responded to the ulema in the negative.
The council called on all Taliban to be patient and clam and wait for a decision of the ulema council and continue their campaign against foreign troops in Afghanistan.
It urged Mullah Mansour to listen to their words of wisdom and respect the nation’s and Taliban’s determination and reconsider the proposal the High Council had sent to him through the mediating scholars.
The council which comprises of a number of former Taliban ministers, governors, commanders and other high ranking officials also asked the United States and the allies to expel their forces from Afghanistan.
Mullah Mansour also issued a statement on Tuesday in connection with Eidul Adha calling for unity among Taliban ranks.
Meanwhile, Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan in a statement through the group’s spokesman Qarib Rahman Saeed congratulated the Afghans on the religious festival.
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