Former NDS chief says such reports are aimed at giving the Taliban a legitimacy.
Mullah Omar Never Lived In Afghanistan After 2001: Nabil
In reaction to a new research by a Dutch writer which says Mullah Mohammad Omar, Taliban’s founding leader, had lived in Afghanistan before he died in 2013, former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah Nabil, said on Tuesday that Mullah Omar never lived in Afghanistan following April 2001.
Nabil told TOLOnews that Mullah Omar was in Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province for a short time in 2001 and then he was transferred to Quetta, Pakistan.
“In 2011 when Mullah Omar was suffering from diabetes and kidney disease, there were some other reasons as well, he was taken from Quetta to Karachi. In Karachi, the only person who could visit him was his second wife. He was under surveillance of Pakistani military. His wife was coming from Quetta to see him and also she was transferring some voice and text messages (to him),” said Nabil.
Nabil said Mullah Omar died “mysteriously” in Pakistan’s Karachi city on April 2013 and according to him, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security released the news about Omar’s death three months later.
“At first, four people from Taliban leadership knew about Mullah Omar’s death. One of them was Akhtar Mansour and he did not want Omar’s death to spread among the Taliban and wanted to preserve their power,” said Nabil.
Nabil’s remarks come after a Dutch journalist Bette Dam in a book “Search for an Enemy” has said that Mullah Omar lived within walking distance from US a base in the southern Zabul Afghanistan for years.
The findings by Dam, on Mullah Omar’s whereabouts, was rejected by the Afghan government as well as by the former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh.
Talking to TOLOnews, Dam, insisted on accuracy of her report and said she repeatedly spoke with almost 150 sources on this matter.
“I tried to talk to as many people as possible. In total, I spoke to 150 people, but many of them I spoke many many times, not once. I came back again and again to speak more about the issue of Mullah Omar,” said Dam.
She said the American soldiers were making mistakes in fighting the Taliban and that by doing the research she wanted to provide a bigger and accurate picture of the enemy to help the West know their enemy which will then help them suppress the militants.
“The main reason why I wanted to write this is to understand why the western forces going to Afghanistan and do so many mistakes and basically don’t know how to deal with the enemy. So my goal was to provide the information about the enemy so there would be a better discussion about who the Americans is fighting,” Dam added.
Dam’s remarks were the first ever claim made about the presence of Mullah Omar in Afghanistan.
Taliban has confirmed the information and has released footages of a house that according to the group Mullah Omar was living there. The group said Mullah Omar had never left Afghanistan.