Habatullah lacks influence to unite splinter Taliban’s groups: Raziq
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Police chief for southern Kandahar province said on Friday that the newly appointed Taliban leader, Mullah Habatullah Akhundzada had no greater influences on the group’s members to unit different fictions of the Taliban.
During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Gen. Abdur Raziq said the Taliban militants would be divided into several groups after the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
“The Taliban’s new leader has no enough influence compare to Mullah Mansour, therefore he would be not able to unite all the militants,” he said.
Mansour was not only a prominent Taliban official and remained in close relations with Mullah Mohammad Omar, he was also managing all the group’s affairs in the past 15 years, he said.
He added that Mansour also had relations with Iran and Russia during his leadership, a capability he believed Habatullah lacked.
Raziq called the new Taliban leader a contentious person among the group and said, “All the Fetwas ordered for fighting were given by Habatullah during the leadership of Mansour,
Every Taliban official tried to take the leadership of their group and they even did not care about holding funeral ceremony for Mansour, he added.
“I have very accurate information that Mullah Habatullah, Mullah Yaqob, Mullah Agha and Sarajuddin Haqqani were moving in black filmed cars belonged to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for meetings, they finally chose Habatullah as new leader,” Raziq said.
He added that Habatullah was chosen by Pakistan without considering suggestions of the Taliban’s other officials.
Habatullah would announce his plan in the next few days and he would be then transferred to a safe place for his residence, he said.
After recent incidents in the Taliban, the militants’ local commanders and other members understood they were used as instruments and then face with the fate of Mansour, the police chief said.
Raziq also asked Habatullah not to take responsibility of a group that kills innocent people, instead it would be better for him to become a prayer leader for a mosque in his country.
He said tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed during the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar and Mullah Akhtar Mansour, a process that is still ongoing.
About the peace process with the Taliban, Raziq said that it was the responsibility of the president and the High Peace Council (HPC). Security forces would always continue ensuring security and defending their country, he added.
The Taliban under Mansour leadership had plan to hold three meetings with the government about peace and refuse peace negotiations during their third meeting so they could deceive the world and pose themselves as right, he said.
About militant groups active in Afghanistan, Raziq said that a group of militants now fighting under the name of Islamic State (IS) or so called Daesh were a splinter of Lashkar-I-Taiba. He said a another group recently created under Alqaeda was also part of Lashkar-I-Taiba who is fighting in Afghanistan and Kashmi.
He added the Taliban also divided into two groups one was led by Mullah Habatullah Akhundzada and another by Mullah Mohammad Rasoul. Beside Pakistan, Iran is also supporting the rebel groups, Raziq believed.
“The militants fighting in Badakshan province are supported by Russia, the rebels active in farah, Nimroz, Heart and in some parts of Helmand are supported by Iran, and the rebels in Kandahar and southern regions are supported by Pakistan,” he said.
However, he said that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan was run by foreigners, voicing on Afghans and Islamic scholars not to be used as instruments for others’ games.
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