KABUL: After the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who headed the Taliban after Mullah Muhammad Omar, the banned organisation has chosen Maulvi Haibatullah as their new chief, a media house reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, senior Taliban military commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and the son of Mullah Muhammad Omar, Mullah Yaqoob, have been appointed as Deputy Supreme leaders of the organization, the newspaper reported. Earlier today, the Taliban officially confirmed the news that Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the successor to Mullah Omar as chief of the Afghan rebel group, had died in an American drone strike that had targeted him at Pakistan’s Taftan area.
United States President Barack Obama and United States Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier confirmed the news that Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in an American drone strike. However, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar had refused to confirm the news.
According to seasoned journalist and an expert on Afghan matter Rahimullah Yusufzai, Haibatullah’s appointment as Taliban chief will not fully appease all factions within the Taliban. Yusufzai stated that some Taliban groups and factions could oppose Haibtaullah’s appointment. Yusufzai also said that had Mullah Omar’s son Maulvi Yaqoob, the decision would have been acceptable to all Taliban factions.