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Taliban will stop terrorism from Afghan soil, Supreme Leader Haibatullah

KABUL: Emir-ul-Mumineen, 3rd Supreme Leader of Taliban & the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, 60-year-old Mufti (expounder of Islamic laws) Mullah Hibatullah (Gift of Allah) Akhunzada has set up a high level Commission to address Pakistan’s and world’s concerns regarding terrorist activities from Afghanistan into Pakistan and other countries.

According to Taliban’s spokesperson, the Commission would take steps to stop all banned organizations including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from their terror activities using the Afghan soil against other countries.  Hibatullah Akhundzada, had been deputizing for slain Mullah Mansoor.

Pundits at the helm of affairs are of the view that Mansoor was killed because he was not only a major hurdle in the way of peace talks but infact he substantially contributed towards intensification of war that commenced in 2001. Insurgents have been endeavoring to overthrow the Afghan government for the last 15 years.

Hawks insinuate that:

i) Hibatullah, who was the natural choice to unite groups, had been immediately appointed the Emir to avoid further break-ups in the group;

ii) Hibatullah would probably facilitate the Peace Process;

iii) Hibatullah was keenly being observed by all Afghan Government and the men with their fingers on drone operating remote controls.

PRO of the ‘Islamic Emirate’ Zabiullah Mujhahid told that Haibatullah Akhundzada had been appointed as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) after a unanimous agreement in the Shura (Supreme Council). According to his statement all the members of Shura pledged allegiance to Hibatullah.

The PRO further informed that Sirajuddin Haqqani (who is said to be heading a network notorious for a number of high-profile bombings) will be one of the two deputies of Hibatullah. Haqqani had a ten million US dollar bounty on his head. Slain Mullah Muhammad Omar’s son Mohammad Yaqoob will also deputize the new chief.

Interestingly, despite being the deputy of slain Mansoor, Hibatullah was not involved in combat affairs. He was a Mufti and used to issue Taliban’s Fatwas (ruling on a point of Islamic law). It is said that most of the time Islam was interpreted to justify their military operations.

Moreover, unlike Mansoor, Hibatullah does not seem to enjoy travelling. According to the intelligence reports he had stayed put in his Kandahar Province most of his life. Since his roots are in the spiritual heartland of Afghanistan, he is respected by the southern commanders. Hibatullah who presently also heads Taliban’s Ulema (Islamic Scholars’) Council used to be their ‘Chief Justice’.

According to a statement attributed to Mullah Hibatullah, he claimed that the death of Mullah Mansoor had further strengthened the Taliban movement.

Meanwhile, US State Department while asking Hibatullah to facilitate peace talks had endorsed that he was not on its list of designated terrorists.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.