Mullah Omar declared dead by Islamic Emirate (Image Reuters)
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate has released a statement in Pashto saying that Mullah Omar, spiritual leader of the Taliban is allegedly deceased. According to the Taliban’s Political Office Mullah Omar passed away 2 years ago on 23-04-2013 in southern Afghanistan. This was a surprising announcement given that yesterday Shawal Times contacted Zabihullah and was informed that Mullah Omar was still alive, see following link,
“Afghanistan: Mullah Omar said to be alive as Taliban spokesperson denies rumours of his death to Shawal Times”
Although some media spoke of his demise yesterday, a statement was needed to end speculation as the Taliban shura was said to have convened and an announcement of Mullah Omar’s replacement was expected. It was beginning to look awkward for Islamic Emirate as the “Leader of the Faithful” had not yet been officially declared dead yet. The news eventually came through as follows,
Amir ul Mumineen, Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid (RA), has passed away. Official announcement in Pashto which can be read here,
Abdulqahar Balkhi an English speaking affiliate to Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted,
Words of eulogy cannot do justice to this valiant Muslim leader (RA) who became a shield for the oppressed and raised the banner of Islam
His successor (HA) & soldiers have pledged to continue Jihad so long as they live, until Shariah rules & all criminals are punished
The following is a translation of Islamic Emirate statement detailing the main points via Ansaar Emirate
1) The family of Ameerul Mominin Mulla Omar رح confirms his death. It was due to illness. (But he is a Martyr. since, he was waging Jihad).
#Taliban : A.M. Mulla Omar رح was a sincere leader of Muslim Ummah, he raised & protected the banner of Monotheism in time of difficulty
#Taliban : We’ll be sincere, steadfast, hopeful patient & sacrifice our lives for the truth just like our Emir A.M. Mulla Omar رح.
#Taliban : Ameer-ul-Mo’minin Mulla Omar رح was physically a man. But in reality he is an Ideology.
(12) A.M. Mulla Omar رح son Maulvi Yaqoob & maternal brother Mulla Abdul Mannan also appeal Muslim forgive him they owe any thing him.
(13) To the Muslims & Mujahidin we say have patience. Shura of
Who could take over from Mullah Omar?
“Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur is from Band-i-Timor, Maiwand, Kandahar. He fought in 80s jihad in Taliban fronts “… Anand Gopal
Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Mullah Omar’s deputy, could allegedly take over according to Taliban sources though some would have preferred Mullah Omar’s son, Yaqoob, (26) to succeed him. However official announcements are still to be made. DAWN media states,
“Mullah Mansoor, a former aviation minister in the Taliban regime and a former shadow governor of Kandahar, has long been known for his moderate views on reconciliation which have pitted him against hardliners.
He was one of the top Taliban leaders whose accounts the US had frozen as a result of the 9/11 attacks.”
Siraj Haqqani, (Haqqani network) is considered as a likely deputy to Mansour.
The following is a tribute written by “AH” (name withheld) on hearing of the death of Mullah Omar
Our eyes shed tears as our brothers are picked..
From amongst the righteous they are chosen..
As the farmer picks the fruits of the trees when they are ripe..
Our brothers are taken when their time is right..
The lion has left and the mountains have crumbled..
From the Pashtuns he came and from the students he left..
The heart breaks as the news is spread..
The passing of the Amir in a time of such stress..
The one who never broke his promise..
From the Dajjal who said you are either with us or with them..
Showing the Ummah the real love of the muslims to each other..
Giving up everything for Usama..
The lion of the mountains..
The teacher of the students..
The man who gave up everything for His sake..
May Allah accept you amongst the Shuhadah in the highest of Jannaat..
Tweets on his death
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The first one who confirmed the death of Mullah Omar was the Emir of IS in Khurasan. Munafiqeen have so much kibr they won’t apologies!
Yesterday Zabihullah Mujahid said all those who claim Mullah Omar is dead are enemy agents today he is making the same claim
So who issued the statement giving mullah Omar’s “blessing” to the Taliban talks with the Afghan govt?
Taliban statement says Mullah Omar never left Afghanistan. Afghan NDS yesterday said Mullah Omar died at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan
“Soufan Group: Intel brief, death of Mullah Omar”
“Taliban confirm death of Mullah Omar and weigh successor”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.