Senior Taliban dissident declares allegiance to Mullah Mansoor

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—A senior dissident of the Afghan Taliban has declared allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the Taliban said on Wednesday.
Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, the former head of the group’s powerful military commission, had boycotted the meeting last year in August during which Mullah Mansoor was elected as the new Taliban chief, just days after the death of Mullah Omar was confirmed.
“The honourable Mullah Akhtar Mansoor is our leader and I have declared allegiance to him under Sharia,” Zakir said in a hand-written letter in Pashto. Zakir was dismissed as the military commission chief in 2014 over differences with Mansoor.

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