Women demonstrators condemn memorial party for Mullah Omer. (Photo: Ghayor Waziri)

Women demonstrators condemn memorial party for Mullah Omer. (Photo: Ghayor Waziri)

A crowd in central Kabul shouts “we don’t want Taliban or ISIS, they should die, the Taliban are the puppet of strangers.”

One of them is civil society activist Hafez Rasekh.

“We are here to condemn the Taliban’s three days of national mourning.  These are not sad days but joyous ones because one of our enemies was killed. It’s a disgrace that there have been memorial parties in Kabul for him.  It’s disrespectful to the soldiers who were killed fighting against the Taliban,” he said.

After this demonstration the Afghan government announced a ban on any kind of grieving for the Taliban leader.

Abdul Haseeb Sidiqiis the spokesperson for the National directorate of security.

“He is responsible for killing thousands of innocent Afghans. He is the main reason why this conflict has dragged on for so long.  That’s why we have announced that anyone holding memorial events for him will be targeted by our national security forces. We call on all Afghans to not hold any such events,” he said.

Mullah Omer was in his early 50s at his death. Born in southern Afghanistan, Mullah Omar was the son of a poor village cleric who died when he was small.

He was raised by his uncle, also a mullah. He lead the country under the Taliban for about five years from 1996 to 2001.

His followers proclaimed him Amir ul-Momineen, Leader of the Faithful, one of the highest religious titles in Islam.

His death has reportedly created in-fighting and deep divisions.

The Taliban’s new leader Mullah Akhter Mansoor made a call for unity.

“I ask all of you to stay united as we were during the rule of Mullah Omer, don’t destroy it. If we stay on his path it will be a success for all Muslims,” he said.

But Omar's death has raised hopes of a break through in the peace talks between the government and the Afghan Taliban.

But Haji Den Muhammad Afghanistan a member of the peace council member is skeptical.

“We started peace negotiations with Taliban two years ago, while in reality Mullah Omer died so I don’t think his death will have an impact on the peace talks. already thus I think Mullah Omer death will not affect peace talks,” he said.

But Afghan Taliban new leader Mullah Akhter Muhammad Mansoor says they are not interested in peace.

“Our enemies reports about peace negotiations… are all their propaganda, we are not pay attention to them and their peace negotiation, our fight will continue till we are in power in Afghanistan,” he said.
 

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