After many speculations, Mullah Omar, Taliban leader was confirmed dead.
Mullah Mohammad Omar was the supreme commander and the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He was Afghanistan’s 11th head of state, 1996 to late 2001. Since 2001, Omar has been most wanted by United States Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program. He has been sheltering Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda militants prior to September 11 attacks.
In late November, many speculations that leadership struggle had ensued and that Mullah Omar had died after Afghanistan’s intelligence agency revealed fracturing within the Taliban movement. After so much rumors, Afghan officials confirmed that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died in Pakistan in 2013, Wednesday.
The Afghan government and state intelligence sources claimed that Omar had died in April 2013 two years previously in Karachi, Pakistan of tuberculosis, 29 July 2015.
Authorities believed that he was directing the Taliban rebellion against the United States armed forces. Mullah Omar has been described as shy and non-talkative with foreigners, however, been a top list among most wanted. He have the allegiance of prominent pro-Taliban military leaders including Jalaluddin Haqqani.
Latest report regarding Omar’s death is not the first time since the Taliban’s fall from power. A of now, Afghan government is working to verify the said reports since the Taliban themselves have not issued a confirmatory statement saying he is dead.
One senior security official told reporters, “[But] It was decided to not make an announcement due to the sensitivity of the time, and the government did not see it appropriate and helpful for the peace process to make the announcement.”
Analyst believed that reports came out to make peace negotiations with Pakistan between Afghan government and the Taliban. IMAGE/www.valleynewslive.com