Islamabad: Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who appeared earlier than the media for the primary time in a decade at a press convention after the rebel group seized Kabul final month, stated that he lived within the Afghan capital proper beneath the nostril of his adversaries who thought of him a ‘ghost-like’ determine throughout the struggle.
Mujahid, who operated within the shadows for years, additionally admitted that he studied on the Haqqania seminary in Nowshera in northwest Pakistan, which has additionally been dubbed the Taliban College or the ‘College of Jihad’ internationally.
“They (US and Afghan Nationwide Forces) used to suppose I didn’t exist,” Mujahid instructed The Specific Tribune newspaper in an interview.
“I escaped so many occasions from their raids and makes an attempt to seize me that they significantly thought of that ‘Zabihullah’ was a made up determine, not an actual man who exists,” the 43-year-old spokesman stated.
“And but, I managed to maneuver about Afghanistan freely. I feel this notion helped with that,” he defined.
“I lived in Kabul for a very long time, proper beneath everybody’s noses. I roamed the width and breadth of the nation. I additionally managed to have first-hand entry to the frontlines, the place the Taliban carried out their actions, and updated info. It was fairly puzzling for our adversaries.”
As a consequence of his shadowy look for years, there was hypothesis as as to if the faceless spokesman would possibly truly be a couple of individual.
“The US forces would usually repay locals to acquire some details about my whereabouts. Utilizing that info, like I stated, they will need to have launched dozens of intelligence-based operations hoping to search out some hint of me,” he stated. “However I by no means left or tried to even take into consideration attempting to depart Afghanistan.”
Mujahid, who was born within the Gardez district of Paktia province someday in 1978, stated that he specialised in Islamic jurisprudence from the Haqqania seminary in northwest Pakistan.
The Taliban authorities’s appearing inside minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, Water and Power Minister Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor and Telecommunication minister Najibullah Haqqani all on the UN blacklist – and Training Minister Maulana Abdul Baqi Haqqani studied on the Haqqania seminary, which has usually acquired grants from successive governments in Pakistan.
Mujahid stated he turned the spokesman of the Taliban following the arrest of his predecessor. He additionally stated that he had by no means seen the Taliban founder Mullah Umar. “However I’ve labored with Sheikh Mullah Mansoor, and Sheikh Hebatullah,” he stated, referring to Mullah Omar’s successors.