Sami ul-HaqAn influential Pakistani religious scholar who was once labelled as the ‘Father of Taliban’ has pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

Several other religious clerics from Afghanistan and Pakistan pleged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor during a gathering presided over by Maulana Sami ul-Haq.

The clerics were associated with Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak in the Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is said to have graduated from the 4,000-student religious seminary along with several top cadres of the Afghan Taliban.

According to the Pakistani media reports, Maulana Sami ul-Haq along with the other clerics called upon Afghan Ulema and people to forge unity in their ranks and submit to the leadership of Mullah Mansoor in order to ‘foil the designs of infidels’.

Mullah Omar was mysteriously killed in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan in the month of April in 2013, according to the Afghan intelligence and top Taliban commander Mansoor Dadullah.

Taliban formally confirmed the death of Mullah Omar by issuing a statement last week and later announced the Mullah Mansoor was appointed as the group’s new supreme leader.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged last week suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

Mullah Omar’s death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.
Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

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