Mullah OmarThere have been widening rift among the Taliban leaders on appointment of group’s new supreme leader amid reports suggesting the assassination of the former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s son.

However, sources privy of the developments have said Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Yaqoob is still alive but under house arrest on behest of the newly appointed supreme leader of Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

The sources further added that Mullah Mansoor decided to keep Mullah Yaqoob under house arrest after he refrained from allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban supreme leader.

Another senior Taliban leader Abdullah Zakeri was also assassinated by Mullah Akhtar Mansoor because he had opposed with the appointment of Mullah Mansoor as successor of Mullah Omar, the sources said.

This coems as first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the parliament, claimed that Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob was assassinated by Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in cooperation with Pakistan’s secret intelligence agencies.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, 27, is the eldest son of Mullah Mohammad Omar who is standing against Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor to take the charge of Afghan Taliban.

According to reports he has graduated from a Madrasa (religious seminary) in Karachi city of Pakistan.

This also comes as Mullah Mohammad Syed Tayyab Agha resigned from his position as Taliban group’s head of the political office in Qatar office.

A splinter group of the Taliban group – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, confirmed for the first time the resignation of Tayyeb Agha nearly a week ago.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Tayyab Agha was compelled and forced by central committee (markazi shora) of the Taliban group to resign from his duties as head of Qatar office.

Tayyab Agha’s resignation came amid amid growing rift among the Taliban leaders regarding the appoint of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s successor.

Mullah Omar’s brother Mullah Abdul Manan also said last week his family didn’t recognize Mullah Mansour as the Taliban’s new leader.

A clash broke out between the Taliban militants for the first time since the confirmation of the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.

The incident took place in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday following a verbal clash between the militants regarding the appointment of the group’s new supreme leader.

A local security official in Shindand district said at least 9 Taliban insurgents including the group’s senior commander were killed during the infighting.

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