PESHAWAR, 8 December: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said on Monday that there was no evidence of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s death.
Addressing a press conference, the Afghan president said the reports regarding Mullah Mansour’s death should be investigated carefully. Mr Ghani’s statement came after reports that Mullah Mansour was killed in an internal fighting within the Taliban in Kuchlak area of Balochistan on Tuesday last.
The Taliban have also released an audio of Mullah Mansour in which he says the reports of his death or injury are baseless and he along with his aides is safe and sound. He further said that he has not visited Kuchlak since long. However, certain circles are of the view that the Taliban audio is fake.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has also confirmed that Mullah Mansour has sustained injuries in a firefight.
Mullah Mansour was elected head of the Taliban following the announcement of Mullah Omar’s death. However, major rifts appeared within the Taliban over Mansour’s leadership and some major Taliban leaders refused to accept him as their leader. Clash had been reported from time to time among rival Taliban factions.