Internal Rift in Taliban Anticipated, Mullah Omar's Brother
Mullah Mohammad Omar’s brother who opposes the election of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement supreme leader of Taliban has warned of internal fighting within the group if differences are not resolved.
Mullah Abdul Manan who wants Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub as the replacement supreme leader of Taliban had earlier said that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was not elected by majority of Taliban’s central Shura ‘council’ but supporters of Mullah Mansour insist that the election was based on the decision of 95 percent of the Shura members.
A group of Taliban clerics that is mediating to remove rifts says that they have obtained the decision-making power from the dissidents but Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has not yet agreed to empower them.
Mufti Masoum Afghani, a mediator, is quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news as saying that he is confident Mullah Mansour will OK the decision-making authority to them in two or three days.
In the meantime, Mullah Abdul Manan says if these differences are not resolved infighting will began within the militant group.
“I demand Mansoor and all the other sides to avoid internal rift, and support mediation by the religious scholars who are making efforts to remove differences,” Manan is quoted by the media as saying.
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