Mullah Omar, the former fugitive chief of the Afghan Taliban, reportedly died two years ago at a hospital in Karachi. (File photo)
Former Taliban supremo Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose death was announced by the militant group recently, was sheltered by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, according to an email received by the former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her tenure.
Mullah Omar, the fugitive chief of the Afghan Taliban, reportedly died two years ago at a hospital in Karachi. The news about his death was disclosed by the Afghan intelligence agency recently, after which the Taliban also confirmed the news.
Even though Pakistan has time and again rejected reports about any direct association between Mullah Omar and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the email received by Ms. Clinton vindicates Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) that has in the past accused ISI of sheltering Mullah Omar.
The email written on August 25, 2010 has left Pakistani political and military leadership in an embarrassing situation, who had earlier distanced themselves from the ‘most wanted terrorist’.
“I'm sure you know the facts in this well-informed piece, how Mullah Omar was saved by ISI, for example, but the idea of Afghanistan as an aspect of lndo-Pak war is the best and overarching strategic concept,” reads the email written by one Sid to Ms. Clinton.
The mail is among the tranche of emails from Ms. Clinton's private server which were released by the U.S. State Department, says a report by Press Trust of India (PTI).
The email written on August 25, 2010 has left Pakistani political and military leadership in an embarrassing situation, who had earlier distanced themselves from the ‘most wanted terrorist’
The comment in the email is on top of an article ‘The military and the mullah’ written by eminent historian-writer William Dalrymple for the New Statesman.
The article says that the Pakistani state has a long history of nurturing jihadis as a means of dominating Afghanistan and undermining India.
“It is proving a fatal alliance,” wrote Mr. Dalrymple, claiming that the ISI gave refuge to the leadership of the Taliban after it fled from Afghanistan in 2001.
“Mullah Mohammed Omar was kept in an ISI safehouse in Quetta; his militia was lodged in the sprawling suburb of Pashtunabad,” read the article.
“There, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar presided over the Taliban military committee and war chest. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e lslami, was lured back from exile in Iran and allowed to operate freely outside Peshawar, while Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the most violent Taliban commanders, was given sanctuary in North Waziristan. Other groups were dispatched to safehouses in Balochistan,” it adds.
Mullah Omar, who was born in 1960 in Chah-i-Himmat village of Khakrez district in southern Kandahar province, remained a mysterious figure. He refused to meet anyone outside his close inner circle.
His death was as mysterious as his life. There are conflicting reports about the cause of his death.
NDS said the former Taliban chief died at a hospital in Karachi in 2013. The Taliban claimed that their elusive spiritual leader died of some unspecified illness in southern Afghanistan in 2013.
While the “natural death” theory has been doing rounds, there are also reports that he was murdered by his close aides, one of whom went on to succeed him as the new leader (amir).
The comment in the email is on top of an article ‘The military and the mullah’ written by eminent historian-writer William Dalrymple for the New Statesman
Fidai Mahaz, a breakaway group of the Taliban, said the former Taliban chief who had 10 million USD bounty on his head, was poisoned to death by Mullah Mansour and Gul Agha following the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar.
Mullah Mansour was appointed the new chief by the central committee of Taliban’s Quetta Shura last month, but many senior leaders of the Taliban expressed dissatisfaction over his appointment as Mullah Omar’s successor, which divided them into groups.
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