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Taliban breakaway leader calls Daesh “fitna”

Taliban breakaway leader calls Daesh “fitna”

Jul 04, 2016 - 20:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Leader of a splinter Talibaninfo-icon faction Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Rasool has called the Islamic State or Daesh group as “fitna” and said the group’s activities are not acceptable.

The leader of his own faction, the High Council of Afghanistaninfo-icon Islamic Emirate, said in a message on the occasion of Eidul Fitr that a peaceful and joyful Eid would be when Afghanistan became independent and its people lived in peace.

Rasool strongly condemned Daesh’s latest attacks in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province.

He said his faction would not allow any foreign organizations including Daesh to operate in Afghanistan.

Mullah Rasool said some members of the Taliban kept secret the death of the group’s founder and long time supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, in order to reach power and goals. They issued fake decrees and directives in the name of Mullah Omar, he said, but named no one.

He said the same Taliban men were quick to name the replacement of Mullah Omar in a distrusted manner.

Rasool said the previous mistakes were repeated in the election of Mullah Haibatullah after the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

“In the presence of a few persons and releasing a statement was considered suffice to election Mullah Haibatullah Akhund, something not acceptable to sincere colleagues.”

Rasool denied any contact and efforts at striking a deal with the Afghan government and called Daesh “a fitna” out to intimidate Muslims in the name of Islam.

He directed his followers to avoid harming civilians during their operations and behave well with prisoners.

He said his group was committed to giving attention and respect to every Afghan tribe in line with Islamic teachings.

Rasool said he saw solution to the Afghan conflict in intra-Afghan dialogue and respecting people’s Islamic and genuine demands.


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