By world News Report Bureau
The Taliban leadership is facing a tough time after the death of the one-eyed leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, Amir-ul-mo’mineen (commander of the faithful) one of the
highest religious titles in Islam. Mullah Omar happened to be the husband of Bin Laden’s eldest daughter while Bin Laden is understood to have taken one of Omar’s daughters as his fourth wife.
Mullah Omar the founder, Supreme Commander and Spiritual leader of the Taliban carried a reward of $10 million for his capture. He lost his right eye in a shrapnel explosion while fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
But it is strange how Mullah Mohammed Omar death in Afghanistan in April 2013 was kept a secret -even from close members of his family for over two years till July 2015.
Who were the masterminds who managed to keep Mulla Omar death a secret for more than two years? How did they manage to run the Taliban affairs by proxy after Omar’s death– are some of the most pertinent questions being asked?
Significantly Fidai Mahaz – an Afghan Taliban splinter faction which first leaked the news of Mullah Omar’s death had alleged that the Taliban leader had been poisoned to death, even though the Taliban leadership has neither confirmed nor denied this claims.
The news of Mullah Omar’s death comes at a time when the Taliban faces intense competition from the ISIS, which has been trying to recruit militants in Afghanistan.
The Taliban leadership tried to control the damage by announcing Mullah Omar’s No. 2, Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the Supreme Commander and Sirajuddin Haqqani the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Haqqani network as his deputy.
The Haqqani Network -is one of the most fierce and well-funded terror outfits known for well-planned, suicide attacks.
It was claimed that one of Mullah Omar’s sons and Abdul Qayum Zakir a senior Taliban commander met Mullah Mansour and endorsed his leadership.
Once in saddle as the new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor tried to reassure Taliban leaders, the Taliban jihad will continue and all decisions will be taken in the light of Islamic law.
But this did not quell the internal struggles within the Taliban which is an ideologically and strategically divided terror group.
Mullah Omar’s death presents an ideal opportunity for many other terrorist organizations to create splinter groups and recruit disenchanted Taliban members.
Many Taliban factions including Mullah Omar’s eldest son Yaqoob and younger brother Abdul Manan made it clear that they are not happy with the choice of Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the successor.
Quite a few Taliban commanders seem to prefer Mullah Omar’s eldest son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob as the leader.
Likewise members of the Pakistan-based Taliban leaders owing allegiance to the Quetta Shura have rejected Mullah Mansour choice because of his close ties with Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI)
A general belief is that Pakistan is the biggest beneficiaries of Mullah Omar’s death. Mullah Mansoor and Haqqani are completely under control of the Pakistan military and ISI.
Even Mullah Omar’s eldest son Mullah Muhammad Yaqoub, who recently graduated from a religious seminary in Karachi has close ties with the ISI.
The Taliban today is a fractured entity. The absence of leadership has brought the factionalism and infighting to the fore. The cleavages have been widened.
The danger that the movement may disintegrate is now greater than ever. Some Taliban members could defect to Islamic State. The Taliban might tear apart.