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Rebel commander failing to disrupt polls fired

Rebel commander failing to disrupt polls fired

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Apr 30, 2014 - 14:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A Talibaninfo-icon commander, Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Qayyum, has been fired for failing to sabotage presidential and provincial council elections, a security official claimed on Wednesday.

He said Mullahinfo-icon Zakir was sacked by the Taliban’s leadership council deputy head, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, at the directive of Pakistaninfo-icon’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon).  Presently, the man is under observation in Quetta.

“Some days back, a meeting was held between Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and ISI officials. During the meeting, Zakir was accused of failing to disrupt the April 5 elections,” the source added.  

The spy network of the neighboring country was upset with the fatalities suffered by rebels during the election days in Paktia and Kunar provinces, the official continued.

More than 20 rebels, including Pakistanis, were killed in clashes with security forces during election days. Seventeen more rebel commanders, including Noor Qasim Sabiri, the Taliban shadow governor for Kunar, were killed in a drone attack.  

But the insurgent movement said in a recent statement that Zakir had stepped down on medical grounds.

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