Reports that Mansour injured more reliable: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the injuring of Taliban’s supreme leader in Quetta reflected differences within the group had deepened and once again proved their presence in Pakistan.
Last week, reports said Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been injured during an internal firefight after a heated argument with Taliban commanders and later some sources said he had died of his wounds.
Some Afghan government officials had also confirmed the reports of Mansour’s death, but the Taliban on Saturday released an audio message they claimed was from Mansour, rejecting reports of his death a firefight with his own commanders as “propaganda.”
The 16-minute file said those “rumours” had been deliberately planted to weaken the Taliban. “I have recorded this message to let everyone know that I am alive,” the man purported to be Mansour says in a relaxed drawl.
Multiple reports citing intelligence and insurgent sources had stated that Mansour was wounded or killed on Tuesday in a firefight at an insurgent gathering in Kuchlak.
“I didn’t have a fight with anyone, no meeting was held and I have not been to Kuchlak (near Quetta in Pakistan) in years.” the message added.
CEO Abdullah said there had been rumours over the last few days that Mansour had died, , but reports about his injury were more reliable.
Speaking at a Cabinet meeting here, Abdullah said the news had deepened the rifts in Taliban ranks and also proved that the incident took place outside of Afghanistan’s soil.
“I hope those who love Islam, their people and their country would learn a lesson from these events. They should only think about their own country’s interests and do not become victims to anti-Afghanistan conspiracies,” he added.
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