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Omar’s relatives may reject offer of key Taliban slots

Omar’s relatives may reject offer of key Taliban slots

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Nov 23, 2015 - 13:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Bitter over deadly attacks on members of a splinter group, relatives of Talibaninfo-icon’s deceased supremo Mullahinfo-icon Omar are unlikely to take up leadership positions in the movement’s new hierarchy.

Omar’s son Yaqub Hotak and brother Abdul Manan have been offered memberships of the Taliban’s military commission and the powerful leadership council respectively, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Monday.

A former Taliban minister told The Express Tribune Omar’s family was shocked by recent attacks on the dissidents -- led by Muhammad Rasool and Mansoor Dadullah -- in southern Zabul province. Dozens of fighters were killed in the infighting.

Omar’s family, voicing deep shock over the assaults, denounced the infighting as senseless. They were quoted as calling the attacks fasad (mischief), not jihadinfo-icon (holy war).

The daily reported Mullah Mansoor’s commanders were planning another operation against Rasool and his supporters in Farah and Herat provinces.

Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand Abdul Manan, also known as Abdul Rahim Akhund, may spearhead the offensive. But the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spurned such reports as propaganda.

Taliban have yet to comment over recent rift within the group.

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