Post via Islamic Emirate
During these past few days we observed the false rumors of media across the country and the world, from the media of the country to famous networks of the world like BBC, CNN, Voice of America and other networks spreading the news that the new leader of the Taliban – Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour – was injured in an interpersonal conflict and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
All these networks recklessly publishing these rumors before reviewing its accuracy, they presented different analyzes and debates about causes and consequences of this non-existent event.
Even more farcical is this that some government authorities and officials like Ashraf Ghani, the Chief Executive office and the ambassador of India issued official statements regarding these fictional event. Some of them even asserted that the Taliban chose Malawi Haybatullah Akhundzada as their caretaker leader following the death of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.
The partial media and networks zealously spread this anecdote while in reality nothing of the kind had happened.
After waiting a few days meanwhile these rumors kept spreading and being parroted by the world media, the Taliban finally published an audio message of their leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour. In this audio he denounced the incident of Sayedabad Wardak and also assured about his health and wellbeing.
In this audio message he talked about the incident of Sayedabad which occurred recently. By mentioning this recent event, he proved that this audio is recorded after rumors of his death. Mullah Akhter Muhammad Mansour said in his speech that the enemy is facing failure in the battlefield and so by such fancy claims and accusations they hope to weaken the Mujahideen.
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour’s new audio message is similar in speech, voice, and accent with his older audio messages so it leaves no room to doubt its authenticity. Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour’s new audio messages proved be a powerful blow to the media leaving them wondering how they could have inflated such a baseless story out of all proportion.
Now that this audio message is a proof of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour’s wellbeing and has been published by all social media and all common people believe that he is alive, yet some media still refuse to retreat from their false accusations and have continued to insist on such baseless claims.
We don’t know what they want from these farcical publications? Do they want to change the truth with these kinds of lies? Perhaps they believe that they can kill people if they lie repeatedly about his death.
After confronting such an undeniable truth and yet insisting on their lies, we have only sentence left to tell them: Shame is a good thing.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT 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”.