Razzaq, Rehmani ousted from Taliban’s leadership council
After weeks of a succession crisis, Mullah Mansoor was elected as Taliban’s supreme leader after the disclosure of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death in July last year.
Mullah Abdul Razzaq, a former interior minister, and ex-governor of Kandahar Mullah Hasan Rehmani were ousted from “Rehbari Shura”for their refusal to pledge allegiance to Mansoor.
According to The Express Tribune, Razzaq and Rehmani had met High Peace Council officials in China and visited Islamabad for a second round of talks with Afghan government representatives.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed Taliban leader as saying: “As Razzaq and Rehmani refused to declare allegiance to the Amir-ul-Momineen (commander of the faithful), they have been expelled from the leadership council.”
Omar’s son Mullah Yaqoobhas reportedly been included in the new leadership council, while Mullah Abdul Mananhas also been given a position in the political commission.
Mansoor is said to have set up a committee,comprising Mullah Matiullah and ex-justice minister Noorul Turabi, to woo the dissidents back into the movement’s fold.
The daily said the two leaders were in contact with Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, who was dismissed as head of the Taliban’s military commission in April 2014.
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