Mullah Omar, the founder-chief of Taliban was officially declared dead on Wednesday. In a statement released by the Afghanistan government, President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death of Omar in April, 2013. The news has caused a panic within the insurgent ranks. The Afghan unit of Taliban was already growing weak since militant outfit has been split apart by factionalism. Many among its cadres have been attracted to Islamic State (ISIS), which has made a sizable presence in the region. Also Read - 42 Freed in One Day From Taliban Jail in Afghanistan
Omar was not seen since 2001 when US-led troops invaded Afghanistan. But his imaginary leadership somehow glued the splintering organization. Whenever the Taliban feared mass exodus of its militants, a statement was issued in his name to re-energize the cadres. In April this year, seeing a huge amount of militants joining the ISIS, Taliban released a biography of the supreme militant leader to maintain motivation among its members. Also Read - Afghanistan: 26 Killed in Clashes Between Security Forces And Taliban Militants
His death not only brings concern to the Afghan unit of the militant outfit but also to the Afghan government. After years of failed initiatives, peace talks finally began between Taliban and Afghanistan, with Pakistan and China serving as guarantors in the peace deal. However, the Qatar Taliban was reportedly upset over negotiations with the Afghan government. Also Read - PUBG Mobile Latest Updates: List of Countries Where You Can’t Play The Royale Game in 2021
The Afghan Taliban issued a statement under Mullah Omar’s name on July 15 in which the founder-leader was quoted to have approved the peace deal. However, the statements now appear as blatant lies since it has been established that Omar died two years back. (ALSO READ: Taliban chief Mullah Omar dead, declares Afghanistan government)
Under the prevailing circumstances, even if the peace deal between the government and Taliban is carried out successfully, it would most probably fail to achieve the desired results. The trend at which the insurgents are leaving Taliban and joining other militant outfits including ISIS might end up turning the initiative as futile. Qatar Taliban, which funds most of the splinter groups has already expressed its displeasure in negotiating with the Ashraf Ghani government.
Either the peace process would be called off due to internal disturbance within Taliban after Omar’s death, or a weakened Taliban, which somehow undergoes the peace deal would ultimately be taken over by the rising ISIS. In any situation, peace in Afghanistan seems far away from reality.