Dissident Taliban leader Rasool detained in Pakistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A dissident Taliban leader, who refused pledging allegiance to the movement’s new head, has been detained by Pakistani security personnel, a claim rejectd by the Taliban's splinter group's spokesman.
Mullah Muhammad Rasool was chosen as head of the breakaway faction in early November by the Taliban opposed to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s appointment as the group’s supremo.
Rasool was arrested after he had fled recent infighting in southern Zabul province, where dozens of insurgents, including the breakaway faction’s deputy chief Mansoor Dadullah, were killed by Mansoor’s loyalists.
Mullah Rasool and Abdul Manan Niazi, managed to escape to Pakistan as the fighting intensified.“I can confirm that Mullah Rasool has been arrested,” one Taliban leader was quoted as saying.
Mullah Abdul Manan, spokesman for Rasoul’s splinter wing of the Taliban, strongly rejected the claim of his leader arrest in Pakistan saying Mullah Rasoul was in Afghanistan and the news of his arrest was Pakistan’s propaganda to confuse the minds of their supporters. He said Rasoul never visited Pakistan.
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