KABUL: The Taliban group has denied the killing of its leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, saying that such a report is “inaccurate”.
A local newspaper quoted some unnamed sources in Quetta state of Pakistan, where the Taliban enjoys safe havens, as saying that “Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, leader of the (Taliban) group alongside Mullah Matiullah, intelligence director of the group and Hafiz Abdulmajeed, the financial in charge of the group were killed in a bomb blast.” The incident occurred in Hafiz Majeed’s residence in Chalobawari area of Quetta.
But the Indi Pandit News Agency quoted the group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid as saying that “our leader does not live in Queta to suffer from this incident, he is busy with Jihad’s affairs in Afghanistan.” He said that such propagandas were spread earlier as well, but “we denied it then and deny it again now”.
But there has been no voice or video clip of Hibatullah since last year and that only the writing-passages linked to him. It’s needles to mention that Taliban had earlier published the message of the Taliban founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar to keep his death secret. Mullah Omer died a longtime ago but messages on his behalf are floating to the media.
“The last message heard of him was in May last year,” the daily newspaper writes. “In which, he called on the US to not let anyone face the Doha deal (the US deal with the Taliban) to hurdles.”