Afghanistan’s government has termed the news about Mullah Omar’s death as “credible”.
Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani’s office issued a press release that confirms earlier claims of BBC that Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan.
The short press release stated, “the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.”
It further said that the grounds for peace talks were more paved than they ever were and called for the opposition to seize the opportunity and join the peace process.
The press release however does not mention the cause of his death whether he died of natural reasons or was killed.
Also, it is not the first time that rumors about Mulla Omer’s death have made headlines worldwide. Each time however, the reports turned out to be false.
The Talibans have once again rejected the reports about the death of their leader stating that there was no truth to the rumors being spread around the world.
However, if the reports were credible, it would be a huge blow to the movement of the Taliban who already are facing the heat from two fronts, the new entrant Islamic State and the Afghan government.