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Islamic Emirate Marks Death Anniversary of Its Founder

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KABUL: The Islamic Emirate Sunday marked the ninth death anniversary of its founder and former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid.

The ceremony was attended by senior officials of the Islamic Emirate including the first and second deputies of the prime Ministers as well as Mullah Mohammad Yaqob, the son of the slain leader of the Islamic Emirate.

Many speakers at the event called Mullah Mohammad Omar a personality who brought Afghans together and saved the country from division. 

The first deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, said Mullah Omar was a brave leader who suffered a lot but continued his fight under difficult conditions.

Baradar said the Islamic Emirate is determined to follow Mullah Omar’s path.

Mullah Omar’s son, Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate’s acting defense minister, said his father reunited the people and different ethnic groups in every corner of Afghanistan and rescued the country from being divided.

He said that Mullah Omar had prevented many plots from happening, which were aimed at dividing Afghanistan.

“Mullah Mohammad Omar fought the invasion with bare hands and never left Afghanistan,” Mullah Yaqoob said. 

Referring to recent deadly incidents and the airstrikes by Pakistan on Khost and Kunar, Yaqoob said the incidents were tolerated due to national issues and assured that the Islamic Emirate is thoroughly monitoring the security situation.

Meanwhile, the second deputy prime minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, said that Afghanistan is no more a threat to the world and that other countries also should not allow their territories to be used against Afghanistan.

After the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was selected as the leader of the Islamic Emirate. After the death of Mullah Mansour, Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada is the current leader of the Islamic Emirate.

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