Taliban Council Appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as Supreme Leader
KABUL: Taliban leadership council elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Afghan Taliban supreme leader on Thursday after the news broke of Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Omar’s death, a senior Taliban leader told media.
The reports citing well-informed sources added that a meeting of the Taliban supreme council (shura) was called on Wednesday to appoint successor of Mullah Omar.
The report further added that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was unanimously appointed as the new supreme leader of the Taliban group in Afghanistan to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The Taliban group in Afghanistan has not confirmed or rejected reports regarding the death of group’s supreme leader so far, although the reports have been independently confirmed by ARG presidential palace and White House.
Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier yesterday suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.
The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.
However, the Presidential Palace form all confirmed Mullah Omar’s death citing credible sources confirming Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.
Officials in White House also said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.
The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.
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