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Questions about Mullah Omar
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Recent events in Pakistan have left the world confused. Is the confusion deliberately created or accidentally caused? Let us consider the two most recent events and attempt to unravel the truth.
The second event was related to the mysterious fate of Mullah Omar. Afghan media claimed that Mullah Omar was being escorted from Quetta to Waziristan en route to Afghanistan by the ISI but was killed by the Pakistani army. The Taliban have contradicted this report and have claimed that Mullah Omar is alive. Allegedly former ISI Chief Hamid Gul was escorting Mullah Omar. Gul has rubbished the report and has opined that the Americans are putting false reports about Omar’s death in order to justify a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Whether alive or dead, Mullah Omar as yet is missing.
Is Hamid Gul speaking the whole truth? Could he have accompanied Mullah Omar who may still be alive?
Whether he is dead or alive, Mullah Omar’s unexplained disappearance will be a more powerful emotive issue for the Taliban than the killing of Osama bin Laden. It may be recalled that contact with Mullah Omar’s emissaries had been established by the Americans in search of a reconciliation formula. The Haqqani outfit that owes allegiance to the Pakistan army and ISI was not on the same page as Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban.
What remains to be seen is whether there is a concerted covert plan behind these seemingly disparate events in Pakistan. It remains to be seen whether the Afghan government, the Pashtun section of the Pakistan army and the Taliban owing allegiance to Mullah Omar are working in concert to consolidate a Pashtun revolt. If that is the case, the terrorist attacks inside Pakistan will escalate. It could lead to a possible civil war dividing the army and the nation.
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