Mullah Omar, aides living in Pakistan: US General

Mullah Omar, aides living in Pakistan: US General

Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 14:34 [IST]

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Washington, Aug 28: In a direct repudiation of repeated claims of Pakistan, a top American general based in Afghanistan has said that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is hiding in Pakistan along with his commanders.

The statement contradicts Islamabad's stand that the Taliban leader lives across the border in his own country. "Omar lives in Pakistan, as do many of his commanders. From that safe vantage point, they've sent hundreds of young, impressionable, largely spiritual and helpless youths to their deaths and detention in Afghanistan. For this, they must forfeit their honour and any claim to Islamic virtue," General John Allen, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, wrote in an article in The Washington Post.

Allen's article focused on the recent increase in attack on US troops from the Afghan security force, which Taliban has been claiming it has infiltrated and carrying out such strikes. "The focus on 'green-on-blue' attacks obscures the callous slaughter of Afghan civilians by insurgents led by Mohammad Omar. He has the blood of innocents on his hands even though he hypocritically tells his subordinates not to attack civilians," Allen said, holding that Omar is either out of touch, or his forces are out of control.

"Perhaps that should be no surprise. 'Green' and 'blue' have been taking the fight to the red enemy, the Taliban, and the enemy is fighting back from a position of weakness," he said, holding that the outfit has been losing ground.

"His forces have largely been ejected from most of the relevant population areas and from among the most relevant terrain in Afghanistan. Omar is losing financial support from donors, who are sending their money elsewhere, and from reduced drug profits, thanks to Afghan and coalition efforts to stamp out the poppy harvest," he said. Allen also appreciated Afghan security forces for their efforts in curbing Taliban's influence.

PTI

Story first published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 13:30 [IST]
Topics: pakistan, taliban, islamabad, washington, usa, afghanistan