Islamabad: In an extraordinary developments there are media reports in which both Pakistan and Afghanistan has claimed to arrest some top commanders of afghan Taliban from their respective areas. There was no initial denial came from afghan Taliban about the news published in Pakistan and afghan media. According to details afghan forces who are busy in conducting their annual operation “Shafaq” which was launched in response to Taliban’s spring offensive “Omari Operations”, claimed to arrest a key Taliban leader who was channeling funds to the group’s fighters in central Logar province.
According to a statement issued by Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan, on the tips of National Directorate of Security (NDS) afghan forces have arrested the Taliban leader Taj Mohammad, was also involved in supplying the militants with weapons and other logistics. The statement further added Taj Mohammad was arrested during the operation conducted in the vicinity of Charkh district of Logar.
The Afghan security forces confiscated some weapons and Pakistani currency from Taj Mohammad who was playing a key role in equipping and supporting the group’s fighters in this province, quoted by Khamma press.
In another development a widely circulated newspaper form Islamabad “The Express Tribune” reported that three commanders of Afghan Taliban, including Ahmadullah Muti alias Mullah Nanai who served as intelligence chief under Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s rule have been arrested from Balochistan province, while others two were Suleman Agha, the Taliban governor for Daykund province, and Mullah Sani, also known as Samad Sani.
The arrests occurred on the occasion when there are multiple reports in media about the 15 years presence of present afghan Taliban commander Maulvi Haibatullah in Balochistan province until his sudden disappearance in May. The associates and students told Reuter’s news agency that new Taliban Chief Maulvi Haibatullah taught and preached at the Al Haaj mosque in Kuchlak, near the city of Quetta for more that decade, but Baluchistan home minister Sarfaraz Bugti, strongly denied any presence of Taliban in Balochistan.