The Presidential Palace officials said Wednesday that reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar could not confirmed or rejected as further investigations would be required to ascertain the report.
Syed Zafar Haeshmi, deputy spokesman to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said the government has received reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.
He said such reports would not suffice and have no credibility insisting that the government will thoroughly investigate the reports.
This comes as earlier reports suggested that sources in Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.
The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.
In the meantime, a former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said on condition of anonymity that Mullah Omar died more than two years before of Tuberculosis.
“Mullah Omar died two years and four months ago owing to Tuberculosis. He has been buried on Afghan side of the border,” the former Taliban minister told Pakistan’s The Express Tribune.
On the other hand a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz earlier said Mullah Omar was killed by Taliban leaders 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.
The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) also said in November last year that Mullah Omar has possibly passed away amid reports that the group has divided into three different parts.