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Mansour not a legitimate leader, says Taliban cleric

Mansour not a legitimate leader, says Taliban cleric

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Nov 24, 2015 - 21:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A member of the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon cleric body in the capital of Pakistaninfo-icon’s Balochistan province has called Taliban supreme leader Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as illegitimate leader.

Sheikh Abdul Rauf, a member of the Taliban Ulemainfo-icon Council in Quetta, issued the fitwa during his Friday sermon; an audio recording of the sermon is available with Pajhwok Afghan News.

“When Mullah Akhtar Mansour was being appointed, many people did not attend the ceremony and opposition was raised him,” Sheikh said in his address.

He said as Islamic Shariahinfo-icon and the situation demanded, first a group of eligible and wise men should have been elected and they should have elected the new supreme leader.

“An ameer who is not chosen by all and with a joint fitwa, his leadership has no legitimacy,” he said, calling un-Islamic infighting between Taliban factions because neither any sheikh nor any mufti had issued fitwa in this regard.

Abdul Rauf said when the Taliban leadership was asked about the infighting in southern Zabul province, he replied that religious scholars had issued fitwa in this regard, but no fitwa had been issued.

He said it was Islamic to act in self-defence if one’s right was denied and subjected to atrocities. “Everyone seeing a fitna, it becomes mandatory on him to separate himself from the miscreants, otherwise he will be considered among them.”

Sheikh Abdul Rauf said he would not pledge allegiance to an ameer until he was elected with consensus.

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