ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban and sources close to the insurgent group’s upcoming peace talks with the Afghan government in Pakistan this week are rejecting reports that fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Omar is dead.
A Taliban spokesman insisted that the group’s leader “is very much alive” and the rumors of his death are aimed at drawing out the reclusive leader.
In Kabul Wednesday, Afghan officials said they are investigating his reported death. Other media organizations have attributed the claims to senior Afghan officials.
A presidential spokesman, Syed Zafar Hashimi, would not confirm the report to reporters Wednesday in Kabul.
“We are aware of he reports about passing away of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader.
We are still in the process of assessing those reports and as soon as we get more accurate information or authentication of those reports we are going to let the media and the people of Afghanistan know about it,” Hashimi said.