The Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, a splinter group of the Taliban group, has claimed that there has been no breakthrough to resolve issues among the Taliban leadership despite forcing Mullah Yaqoob to accept Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as new Taliban group leader.
The Taliban group claimed a week ago that the family members of Mullah Mohammad Omar – the group’s founder and former supreme leader, have pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban group chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
The group issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon claiming that Mullah Omar’s brother Mullah Abdul Manan Akhunda and his son Maulavi Mohammad Yaqoob pledged allegiance during a meeting attended by the religious clerics and senior Taliban leaders.
However, the Fidai Mahaz group said in its latest statement that Mullah Akhtar’s assumption of controlling the situation is false, claiming that the situation has further deteriorated and is getting worse as each day passes.
This comes as reports emerged earlier this week suggesting persistent differences among the Taliban leadership as talks between the newly appointed Taliban group chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and the dissatisfied Taliban commanders failed to resolve tensions as a result of Mullah Mansoor’s appointment.
The reports further added that the rift could result into a split among the Taliban group leadership could derail fledgling peace talks between the insurgency and the Afghan government and open the way for the Islamic State group to expand its foothold in the country.
Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, a spokesman for the anti-Mansour faction, said talks between Mansour and the dissatisfied commanders had failed.
“We waited for two months and wanted Mullah Mansour to understand the situation and step down to let the Supreme Council choose the new leader by consensus – but he failed,” said Niazi.
Niazi further added that the dissident commanders will now direct their own attacks on the Afghan government and its foreign allies in Afghanistan.
“Anyone engaged in militant activities under the leadership of Mullah Mansour isn’t a jihadi,” he said. “We will now publicly oppose him.”