Afghan Taliban resolves leadership dispute

Relatives of former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar accept Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader of Taliban

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

An Afghan man reads a local newspaper showing photos of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, in Kabul

The former Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s family, has pledged allegiance to the new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after a meeting with senior Taliban officials.

In the context of the agreement, Mansour has accepted the eight demands requested by Mullah Omer’s family, they will also be protected from any threats by Mansour’s commanders.

The conditions involve restructuring the leadership council and ruling the militant organisation by consensus.

Mullah Omar's family said in a statement on Tuesday, “Al-haj Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of the honorable late Amirul Momineen and son of the late Amirul Momineen have declared allegiance to Mullah Mansoor on behalf of their family.” 

Mullah Omar’s son, Mullah Yaqoob who was reportedly killed in August and Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of Mullah Omar, had refused to accept Mansour’s leadership.

Mansour was elected as the group’s new leader, after the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death in July. 

Saifullah Mahsud, from the Islamabad-based think-thank, FATA Research Center stated that the Afghan Taliban does not have many choices and the current leader is supported by Pakistan.

"I'm sure there was a lot of pressure from the Pakistani side for them to accept Mansour. And the Taliban don't have much of a choice. They have to rely on their Pakistani friends to take this movement forward," he said.

Many news outlets have underlined that Mullah Mansour is in favour resuming the peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which were postponed after the announcement of Mullah Omar’s death.

The announcement is not likely to solve the Taliban infighting, but may help get the peace talks back on track with the Afghan government.


TRTWorld and agencies