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Taliban chief was openly preaching in Pakistan mosque

Updated: Oct 10, 2016 18:20 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 10 (ANI): The supreme leader of Afghan Taliban Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada, who succeeded Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was openly teaching and preaching in a mosque in Balochistan province of Pakistan before being appointed the new chief.

The Al Haaj mosque, where Akhundzada was teaching and preaching is located in Kuchlak, near the city of Quetta, reports the Khaama Press.

Akhundzada was appointed the supreme leader of the Taliban group in May, days after Mullah Mansoor was targeted in a US drone strike in the vicinity of Balochistan province of Afghanistan.

He is believed to be hiding after taking charge of the group with his associates and students saying "Once he became Emir, he left with his whole family."

Hafiz Abdul Majeed, who runs the Al Haaj mosque, said he himself studied for several years under Akhundzada.

"You can't teach religion and run (the Taliban's) government at the same time. And it would of course have been dangerous for us and the students and the mosque if he remained here," he added.

This comes as the Afghanistan has long been criticizing Pakistan for remaining reckless to act against the leadership councils of the Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network based in Peshawar and Quetta cities. (ANI)