Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Amir al Mumineen (“commander of the faithful”) of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.
The Taliban are categorically denying the recent report that Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban, was hospitalized for a heart condition. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s “spokesman,” calls the rumor a product of “the American State Department and a CIA-run private intelligence network, The Eclipse Group” and goes on to label the report as propaganda. The Taliban’s statement, from the Voice of Jihad, is printed in full below. See the original Spy Talk / Washington Post report on Omar’s supposed heart attack here.
The Taliban’s characterization is odd, as US military and intelligence officials I’ve spoken to put zero stock in the report, which has been describes as RUMINT (rumor intelligence) at best and worthless at worst. While it certainly is possible for Pakistan’s military and intelligence services to shelter Omar and provide medical treatment (see the case of Qari Saifullah Akhtar, the leader of the Harakat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, who was recently freed after being placed into protective custody in August 2010 to receive medical treatment), there just isn’t any information to back this up, other than a claim from a Pakistani doctor.
The Eclipse Group, which is pushing this report, is the same group that claimed last year that Omar was arrested (and not in protective custody, a big difference) by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, and then pushed the story throughout the summer. A basic understanding of the history and the relationship between Omar and Pakistan’s ISI should have raised red flags at The Eclipse Group for any intel report claiming Pakistan jailed Omar. Now, we’re expected to believe that Omar’s in protective custody instead of in jail? Perhaps the Eclipse Group can tell us what has changed with the relationship between Omar and the ISI between last summer and now?
Remarks of the Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan about the Baseless Rumor of Illness of the Esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen
Quoting the American State Department and a CIA-run private intelligence network, The Eclipse Group, an American daily, The Washington Post has published an unsubstantiated and baseless report, claiming that the esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen, Mullah Omar Mujahid had a heart attack and was treated in a hospital in Karachi. The afore-said intelligence network says, the source of its
information is a physician who saw Amir-ul-momineen after the operation. But the report does not mention the name of the physician. According to the network, the physician says that he was not present in the operation theatre but heard from other physicians that Mullah Omar was suffering from cardiac complications. Some Afghan and international media outlets circulated the rumors without first verifying and substantiating it.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan categorically refutes this baseless and fatuous claim and believes that circulation of this rumor, is part and parcel of the propaganda war launched by the enemy.
The esteemed Amir-ul-momineen (may Allah protect him) has never suffered from such disease, that would have required to rush him to a hospital. The enemy is circulating these rumors to cover up its own defeat at the military field and to distract the attention of the common man.
It is worth mentioning that the enemy has no proof in this regard nor has any reason to prove its case. The only proof that it relies on in the report, weakens the claim in itself. The physician mentioned in the report says that he has not seen such an incident personally but has heard ( the story) from other doctors. It is in itself a fabricated reason.
In view of the propaganda drive by the enemy, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan declares that this fatuous and baseless claim of the enemy will not have any negative impact on the resistance and operations of the Mujahideen against the invading forces.
All the people of Afghanistan know that the enemy has launched the propaganda campaign in order to cover up its defeat. It gives circulation to baseless rumors which often end up proving a failure and fatuous. In fact these baseless rumors only add to undermining the credibility of the enemy. Apart from that, no gain the enemy will have.
Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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