01 Aug '15, 4pm

Taliban deny reports of Jalaluddin Haqqani’s death

Jalaluddin Haqqani with his son Nasiruddin. With the ongoing controversy over the timing of the death of Afghan Taliban emir Mullah Omar, reports have surfaced that veteran jihadist leader Jalaluddin Haqqani died of an illness in December 2014. The Taliban issued an official statement on Voice of Jihad denying the reports of Jalaluddin’s death . The statement is reproduced in full, below. Jalaluddin is a powerful and influential member of the Taliban hierarchy. He serves on the Taliban’s executive council, which is known as the Quetta Shura. He is closely allied with al Qaeda and also has deep links with Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence Directorate. Jalaludin’s son, Siraj, has been named as one of two deputies to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour , the new leader of the Taliban. Remarks of spokesman of Islamic Emirate regarding rumors about death of a Jihadi and Scholar...

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