Taliban Splinter Group Ready For Peace Talks

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An Afghan Taliban splinter group, which refuses Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor as successor of late Mullah Omar, says they are ready to talk peace with the Afghan government.

The dissident group’s deputy chief Mullah Abdul Manan told BBC on Saturday that if the foreign forces completely desert Afghanistan, the group will be ready to talk peace with the Afghan government.

The group, which recently elected Mullah Mohammad Rassoul as their new leader in the western Ghor province, says they have no problem with the Afghan government.

Mansoor – who some Taliban’s Quetta Council members claimed was appointed by Pakistan’s ISI – was elected as the new leader in August after the group confirmed that Mullah Omar had died two years ago.

However many commanders within the movement accused Mansoor of hiding the news since April 2013 – causing a deep division in the insurgency.

However Mullah Manan claimed that Mullah Mansoor besides killing the group’s supreme leader has also imprisoned and tortured several other high-ranking members of the movement.

He accused Mansoor of hijacking the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

In addition, Manan criticized the movement’s political office in Qatar, which he said, have had several secret deals with America.

However this is believed to be the first public and official division of the group.

The dissident’s new leader Mullah Rasool served under Taliban rule as governor for Nimroz and Farah provinces before the regime was ousted in 2001.

Mullah Rasool has appointed four commanders of the group as his deputies.

Abdul Manan Niazi, Mansoor Dadullah and Shir Mohammad Akhundzada appointed as deputies on military affairs and Mullah Baz Mohammad Haris for political affairs.

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