A dissident commander of the Taliban group has claimed that the group’s newly-appointed Supreme Leader Mullah Akhtar is not alive.
The Taliban commander loyal to Mullah Mohammad Rasool has released a video message saying the Taliban group leaders should pledge allegiance to Mullah Rasool.
Security sources privy of the development have confirmed that two Taliban commanders have pledged allegiance to Mullah Rasool together with their 200 fighters.
The officials speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the Taliban commanders have also announced they will no more support Mullah Mansoor.
A commander of the dissident Taliban is seen calling on other militants to remain careful regarding the conspiracies of Pakistan.
Another Taliban fighter appearing in the video says that Muslims are taken towards wrong direction by certain circles, accusing Pakistan for spreading propaganda.
He calls on Taliban fighters not to listen to Pakistan and remain careful regarding the individuals working for Pakistan, calling them servants and slaves of Pakistan.
This comes as earlier reports suggested that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was critically wounded during an infighting and later succumbed to his injuries.
The infighting among the Taliban leaders intensified following the appointment of Mullah Mansoor as the successor of Mullah Omar whose death was confirmed last year.
Over 200 Taliban militants were killed and scores of others were wounded after the supporters of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and Mullah Mohammad Rasool engaged in a week long infighting in Shindand district of Herat province last month.
The sides of were also accused of war crimes including attacks on civilians and horrific summary executions of each others supporters during the infighting. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES