Afghan Taliban, family officially confirm Mullah Omar's death

Published: July 30, 2015
Taliban leader Mullah Omar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Taliban leader Mullah Omar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan Taliban officially confirmed on Thursday Mullah Omar’s death, hours after the group elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Afghan Taliban supreme leader.

Mullah Omar’s family and the Taliban leadership council in a statement confirmed that Mullah Omar passed away in a peaceful manner.

A statement released by the Afghan Taliban said, “Mullah Omar never visited Pakistan or any other country except Afghanistan.”

“Mullah Omar led his movement from Afghanistan,” it added.

Further, the statement said, “Mullah Omar died owing to an illness some time ago and he died within two weeks of contracting the disease.” However, the statement did not disclose the location of his death. Earlier, Afghan intelligence had said the Afghan supremo had died in a hospital in Karachi.

Further, the statement did not mention the appointment of a new leader.

Earlier today, the powerful Taliban leadership council elected o Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Afghan Taliban supreme leader, a senior Taliban leader told The Express Tribune.

“The council also elected Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is known as Khalifa, the chief of Haqqani as deputy of the Taliban’s leader,” the Taliban leader told on the condition of anonymity.

Read: White House calls reports of Mullah Omar’s death ‘credible’

The Taliban have not yet officially announced the new leader. However, the Taliban leader said the formal announcement is likely to be made shortly.

The incumbent Taliban supreme leader Akhtar Mansoor had served as the Aviation minister during Taliban regime.

Mullah Mansoor was the likely successor along with Mullah Baradar Akhund of the deceased Taliban supreme leader. Earlier, it was speculated in the Taliban circle that Mansoor’s position had been widely damaged for spreading news of Mullah Omar’s death.

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The appointment comes a day after reports confirmed the Afghan Taliban supreme leader had died over two years ago owing to an illness in a Karachi hospital.

The Taliban remained tight-lipped regarding news of his death; however, the announcement comes after senior Taliban leaders arrived in Islamabad for second round of Pakistan-brokered peace talks between the group and the government in Kabul.

It was widely speculated that Mullah Baradar Akhund would succeed Mullah Omar as the supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban. Mullah Omar had appointed Mullah Baradar and Mullah Ubaidullah Akhund as deputy leaders while he was alive.

Read: Mullah Omar: Taliban’s mysterious one-eyed supremo

Mullah Ubaidullah died in a jail in Pakistan, according to the Taliban which left Mullah Baradar next in line.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Emad
    Jul 30, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Hope ISI has leverage on him so that they can root out RAW while bringing peace back to AfghanistanRecommend

  • curious2
    Jul 30, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Since he covered up Omar’s death I doubt he has much credibility with the Taliban that are actually doing the fighting.Recommend

  • sehr.siddiqui
    Jul 30, 2015 - 5:07PM

    Death in Karachi hospital two years ago and no body knew about it?. Several unanswered questions about our capacity and intelligence.Recommend

  • Nk
    Jul 30, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Some critical analysis would be nice such as what this means for the talks. Is the new leadership in favour of talks? Against it? What has their historical opinion on it been?
    Considering the new leader was the one that broke news of mullah umar, just taking a wild guess I’d say it’s because he is against the talks and against peace or a Pakistan/Afghanistan alliance. At th same time though haqqani being the deputy bodes well since he’s historically been supported by Pakistan. Recommend

  • Roussou
    Jul 30, 2015 - 5:48PM

    Mullah Obaidullah was appointed as deputy by Mullah Omar but Mullah Mansoor became the head who actually broke the news of the death of Mullah Omar…. that clearly shows division within the taliban ranks. Not surprising. Talibans are notorious for their infighting which incidentally have been the main stumbling block in reaching any solution in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 31, 2015 - 3:49AM

    So he too was found inside pakistan?Recommend

  • ETFan
    Jul 31, 2015 - 6:14AM

    It is time for Pakistan to come clean. According to the New York Times, Mullah Omar died in a hospital in Karachi !!
    Now the new pretense of holding “talks” with the Afghan Taliban when their existing leadership is not aware of any such talks.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jul 31, 2015 - 6:35AM

    From washington post today , good related information for tribune readers
    “In early 2011, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta confronted the president of Pakistan with a disturbing piece of intelligence. The spy agency had learned that Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader who had become one of the world’s most wanted fugitives after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was being treated at a hospital in southern Pakistan.

    The American spy chief even identified the facility — the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi — and said the CIA had “some raw intelligence on this” that would soon be shared with its Pakistani counterpart, according to diplomatic files that summarize the exchange.”Recommend

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