KABUL – The Afghan Taliban and sources close to the peace talks with the Afghan government in Pakistan has rejected the reports that Taliban chief Mullah Omar is dead.
American State Owned Media outlet “Voice Of America (VOA)” contacted the Taliban Spokesman where he insisted that the group’s leader is very much alive and the rumors of his death are aimed at drawing out the reclusive leader.
Afghan officials are soon to be investigating his reported death while other media organizations have attributed the claims to senior Afghan officials.
Earlier, Afghan officials and Former Afghan Minister in separate claims reveal that Afghan Taliban’s Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has died.
Mullah Omar died over two years ago from Tuberculosis, a former Afghan Taliban minister and member of the central leadership council revealed as quoted by the Express Tribune, Pakistani English newspaper.
Earlier today British State Owned media house, BBC has published the report that Afghan Taliban leader has died two to three years ago, same story was published in part of media 5 days ago while quoting Afghan media outlet, Khaama Press.
Meanwhile, some Afghan government officials told the media in Kabul that the Pakistani government has also conveyed to them that Mullah Omar has died.
There have been several reports of Mullah Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government.
It is worth mentioning here that The splinter group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in July 2013.
Hamza claimed his group had evidence to prove its claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mansoor and Agha.
The disclosure came as reports of the Afghan Taliban chief’s death sprung up yet again when the Afghan Taliban called a meeting on Wednesday to elect a new chief after some leaders of the militant group confirmed Mullah Omar’s death.
Consultations for a new leader are under way and a successor will be announced before the next round of peace talks scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 31,2015.
It is widely speculated that Mullah Baradar Akhund will 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.
Mullah Ubaidullah died in a jail in Pakistan, according to the Taliban which leaves Mullah Baradar next in line.
Mullah Baradar was reportedly released by Pakistan along with some other Taliban leaders in 2013; however, some Taliban leaders still insist he has not been allowed to rejoin his