Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Amir al Mumineen (“the commander of the faithful”) of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.
While French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner’s statement that Mullah Omar is sheltering in Pakistan is no great revelation, kudos to him for stating the painfully obvious. From AFP via Dawn:
“It’s not a secret for anyone, everyone knows that Mullah Omar is in Quetta, if he’s not now in Karachi,” Kouchner told French lawmakers, referring to two major Pakistani cities known to harbour militant cells.
Mullah Omar was the leader of the Taliban regime that was overthrown in Afghanistan by US-led forces in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks and is now thought to be based in Quetta.
“Taliban leaders have been given shelter in Pakistan. I’m not revealing anything,” Kouchner said, telling parliament’s foreign relations committee why Afghanistan has called on Pakistan to help negotiate a peace deal.
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