Mullah Yaqoob is the son of the Taliban group founder and former supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar whose death was confirmed last year.
Taliban said Mullah Yaqoob was appointed for the post during an extraordinary meeting organized by the Taliban leadership on Monday.
A statement by the group said Mullah Omar’s brother Mullah Abdul Manan Omari has been appointed as Taliban’s chief for religious affairs and invitation as well as the Taliban leadership’s member.
No further details were given regarding the exact location where the extraordinary meeting was organized as the Taliban’s main council is based in Quetta city of Pakistan.
The latest appointments come amid growing tensions among the Taliban leadership following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death last year.
Meanwhile, earlier reports suggested of intense tensions among the Taliban group leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and Mullah Omar’s son and brother over the appointment of Taliban supreme leader successor.
According to the reports, Mullah Yaqoob and Mullah Manan Omari were forced to accept Mullah Mansoor as the new supreme leader of the Taliban group despite Taliban said the two relatives of the late founder of the group pledged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES