Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Dead

KABUL: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar died over two years ago from Tuberculosis, a former Afghan Taliban minister and member of the central leadership council has said, Pakistani media reported on Wednesday.

The reports said that the reclusive one-eyed leader of the militant organisation died two years and four months ago owing to Tuberculosis. He has been buried on Afghan side of the border,” the unnamed former minister was quoted as saying.

Further, he added, “Mullah Omar’s son had identified the body of his father.”

The disclosure came as reports of the Afghan Taliban chief’s death sprung up yet again when the Afghan Taliban summoned a meeting on Wednesday to elect a new chief after some leaders of the militant group confirmed Mullah Omar’s death.

The former minister also disclosed that he was invited to attend the meeting.

Afghan Taliban leaders are said to have been involved in consultations to appoint a new leader.

Meanwhile, some Afghan government officials told the media in Kabul that the Pakistani government has also conveyed to them that Mullah Omar has died.

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