Sat, Apr 29, 2017 | updated 02:54 PM IST

Mullah Omar's close aide asks Taliban chief to cut ties with Pak

Updated: Oct 23, 2016 13:56 IST      
Mullah Omar's close aide asks Taliban chief to cut ties with Pak

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 23 (ANI): A key Taliban commander and close aide to former Taliban founder and leader Mullah Omar has asked the group's present chief Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada to break all ties with Pakistan.

The top Taliban leader, Syed Mohammad Tayyab Agha, reportedly in a letter asked Akhundzada to cut ties with Pakistan, reports Khaama Press.

"How can the Taliban leadership, now camped in Pakistan, demand that people in Afghanistan or elsewhere pledge allegiance to them?" he wrote, confirming that the insurgent movement's leaders still operate from safe havens in Pakistan. "Can we consider such acts in accordance with Islam?"

Agha, who relinquished his position as head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar last year, has sharply questioned key Taliban ideological tenets.

In the letter, he also urges Akhundzada to give up the title of Amir al-Muminin or Leader of The Faithful and to drop the Taliban's formal name, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

"It will be better to employ the term 'movement' instead of 'emirate'," he wrote, arguing that without either control over most of the country including Kabul or recognition as a legitimate government it is impossible for the Taliban to pose as Afghanistan's legitimate government.

"A reliance on media propaganda and forming [shadow] government institutions, control of rural territories, and most of the movement's leadership being in a foreign country [Pakistan] doesn't amount to a [legitimate] government in our country," he wrote.

"Instead of Amir al-Muminin, you should call yourself The Amir or leader."

Questioning the Taliban's current strategy, which mainly relies on overrunning rural territories and complex urban attacks that often result in a high number of civilian casualties, Agha urged Akhundzada, "You should give up using violence and intimidation to force people to pledge their allegiance to you as the commander of the faithful until you can meet all the requirements [outlined in Islamic Shari'a law]."

"All the mujahedin fighters should be ordered to cease killing our opponents inside mosques and stop killing prisoners. Stop killing people under suspicion traveling on roads. Stop bombing bridges, roads, and other similar places. Stop killing aid and construction workers who are helping our nation and building our homeland," he wrote.

This comes as first contact after the breakdown of talks backed by Islamabad between Kabul and the Taliban in May. A three-member delegation from the Taliban's Qatar office is currently in Pakistan to meet authorities over talks linked to the Afghan peace process.

The visit comes days after Taliban leaders reportedly held informal meetings with Afghan and the US officials in Qatar. (ANI)

Kathmandu [Nepal], Apr 29 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has admitted to technical difficulties in holding the May 14 polls in two phases and sought support from other political parties over the issue.

Full Story >>

Dubai [United Arab Emirates), Apr.29 (ANI): Pakistan's relations with Iran have nosedived after the recent killing of ten Iranian border guards at Mirjaveh on the Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".

Full Story >>

Dubai [United Arab Emirates], Apr.29 (ANI): Pakistan's relations with Iran have nosedived after the recent killing of ten Iranian border guards at Mirjaveh on the Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 29 (ANI): The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has said that the U.S officials are considering a further deployment of around 5,000 additional troops, even though the new administration's strategy for Afghanistan has not yet been finalised.

Full Story >>

Google CEO Sundar Pichai made nearly $200 million in 2016

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:41 IST     

New York, Apr. 29 (ANI): Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled the amount he made in 2015, as he received nearly $199.7 million in compensation last year.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said he will reveal the identity of the individual who offered him Rs10 billion to back down from the Panamagate case against the Nawaz Sharif family, in court.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): Pakistan's Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has given perhaps the first bold reality check on the much praised China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by saying that at best it would create 85,000 Jobs for the Pakistani youth and not one million jobs as claimed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Full Story >>

North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test: Trump

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:42 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 29 (ANI): President Donald Trump on Friday condemned the ballistic missile launched by North Korea, saying that it has disrespected the wishes of China.

Full Story >>

West Bank clashes: Dozens of Palestinians injured

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:40 IST     

Ramallah [Palestine], Apr 29 (ANI): Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clash erupted between the Israeli forces and Palestinians demonstrating in support of jailed hunger striker, in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported, citing a Palestinian Red Crescent.

Full Story >>

North Korea fails in ballistic missile test-fire

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 03:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): North Korea's attempt to launch a ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday morning, apparently failed, reported a local South Korean Agency citing South Korea's military.

Full Story >>

7.2 magnitude quake hits off the Coast of Philippines

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 03:41 IST     

Moscow [Russia], Apr 29 (ANI): A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on richter scale occurred on Saturday morning near Mindanao, Philippines.

Full Story >>

Egypt: Pope Francis urges to reject violence in name of God

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 02:03 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 29 (ANI): Stressing on the importance of unity between Muslims and Christians to shape world peace, Pope Francis on Friday urged to reject violence in the name of God or religion and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], Apr 29 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged the international community to increase pressure on North Korea, saying that failing to do so would bring 'catastrophic consequences'.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], April 28 (ANI): Political Parties in Nepal on Friday discussed holding local level polls in a single phase during an all-party meet held at Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's official Baluwatar residence.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], April 28 (ANI): Bangladesh Police have arrested a person for threatening to blow up the Australian High Commission in Dhaka in an email if it refused to pay an extortion amount of Taka 500,000.

Full Story >>

London police foil second terror plot in last 24 hours

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:27 IST     

London [United Kingdom], Apr 28 (ANI): London's Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed that they had neutralised a second active terror plot in the last 24 hours, with the arrest of six people.

Full Story >>

PML-N threatens to sue Imran Khan over bribe allegations

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:59 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], April 28 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan that it will take legal action for leveling 10 billion rupees bribe allegations on the party leadership allegedly to stay silent in the Panama case.

Full Story >>

Iran summons Pak envoy over terror attack on border guards

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:41 IST     

Tehran [Iran] April 28 (ANI): Iran on Friday summoned Pakistan's Ambassador to Tehran, Asif Ali Khan Durrani, to lodge a protest over the terrorist attack on Iranian border guards in which nine soldiers were killed and two others injured.

Full Story >>

Warsaw [Poland], Apr 28 (ANI): Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that the solution to addressing the gaps and failings of democracy is indeed more democracy.

Full Story >>

Indian American killed during crossfire at U.S. motel

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:30 IST     

Memphis [United States], April 28 (ANI): A 56-year-old Indian American man was reportedly gunned down while standing on the balcony of his second floor flat in Memphis, Tennessee.

Full Story >>