Mul­lah Omar nei­ther died nor buried in Pak­istan, NA told

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

De­fense Min­is­ter Khawaja Muham­mad Asif while ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly on Fri­day said that the Afghan Tal­iban leader Mul­lah Omar did not die in Pak­istan nor was he buried here.

He said that the Afghan Tal­iban leader was nei­ther in Quetta nor in Karachi, adding that Pak­istan does not want to be in­volved in con­tro­versy per­tain­ing to Tal­iban lead­er­ship. Asif also clar­i­fied that the Afghan Tal­iban leader was not treated in a hos­pi­tal in Karachi. Asif said that state­ments made by Mul­lah Omar's fam­ily prove that he died in Afghanistan and was buried there as well. He fur­ther said that Pak­istan wants peace in the re­gion and is play­ing its role as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor in ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Afghan Tal­iban and the Afghan gov­ern­ment. He added that an at­mos­phere of peace can be es­tab­lished in the re­gion by en­sur­ing peace in Afghanistan.

Last month, Afghanistan an­nounced that Mul­lah Omar, the reclu­sive leader of the Afghan Tal­iban move­ment, died more than two years ago in Karachi. "The gov­ern­ment ... based on cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion, con­firms that Mul­lah Mo­ham­mad Omar, leader of the Tal­iban died in April 2013 in Pak­istan," the Afghan pres­i­den­tial palace had said in a state­ment. Afghanistan's main in­tel­li­gence agency had also said that the Tal­iban leader had died in a Karachi hos­pi­tal in April 2013, af­ter a BBC re­port ear­lier claimed the reclu­sive Tal­iban leader had died two or three years ago. Later, the Afghan Tal­iban con­firmed the death of their leader Mul­lah Omar but did not say when or where he died. The state­ment said "his [Mul­lah Omar's] health con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated in the last two weeks" and "not for a sin­gle day did he go to Pak­istan". Omar's death marks a sig­nif­i­cant blow to the Tal­iban, which is riven by in­ter­nal di­vi­sions and threat­ened by the rise of the self-styled Is­lamic State group, the Mid­dle East ji­hadist out­fit that is mak­ing steady in­roads in Afghanistan.

Ac­cord­ing to DawnNews sources, the Afghan Tal­iban held meet­ings af­ter the re­ported death of Mul­lah Omar, and af­ter con­sul­ta­tion be­tween mem­bers of the Shura Coun­cil, elected Man­soor as their new chief.

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