Taliban-commander1aA Taliban leader close to Pakistani intelligence agency has been appointed the new military commander of the Taliban group.

According to reports, the new military commander, Ibrahim Sadar, was in Pakistani jail and was released from the custody this year at the request of the Afghan government.

Sadar is believed to be a close ally of Mullah Mansoor, a senior figure close to Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

He succeeds Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir who was reportedly sidelined after failing to disrupt the elections earlier last month.

Senior Afghan officials have said they view the appoint of the new Taliban military commander as a sign Islamabad was reasserting control over the insurgency as the US-led forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

The officials believe that Pakistani intelligence services are making much more determined effort to dirupt the second round of election and control the Taliban’s leadership and any future peace moves by changing the group’s military leadership.

However, Pakistani officials have repeatedly said that Islamabad is strongly supporting the Afghan election and peace process.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said Islamabad follows a policy of non-interference and all possible help have been extended to the Afghan reconciliation process.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.