How Much do we know about Mullah Omer?
Recent revelation: A Dutch journalist, Bette Dam, who spent years in Afghanistan wrote a book ‘Searching for an enemy” in which she claims that that Omer never died in Pakistan. She claims that he lived in hiding in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2013. She says that Mullah lived about 3 miles away from a US base in Afghanistan and later close to another US base. The document claims that he never lived in Pakistan. The information came from a bodyguard who also said that Omer was buried in an unmarked grave when he died of a natural cause.
Mullah Mohammad Omar son of Molvi Ghulam Nabi Akhund was born in 1962. Given the title ‘Mullah’ or ‘one who gives’. He called himself a ‘Talib’-‘ the one who seeks’- as he claimed that he never stopped learning. He joined the ‘Jihad’ or ‘Holy war’ in 1980’s after the soviet occupation and was appointed as commander of mujahideen. He was wounded four times and had also lost his right eye when a rocket exploded beside him.
He was born into a poor family with no political connection. He had at least 3 wives and at least 6 children. His exact place of birth is uncertain and his childhood home was in Deh Rehwood-District in the province of Uruzgan, Afghanistan. He graduated from “Dar-ul-uloom Haqqania” in Noshera in the province of KPK, Pakistan. He completed his religious education from there. He became a village Mullah and ran his own madrasa in Singesar village in Kandahar province Afghanistan.
In 1990 he became the leader of a group of students that eventually assumed control of Afghanistan. In 1994 he became the founder of Taliban. He was recognized as the ‘Ameer ul momineen’ (Commander of faithful). He became the founder of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Publicly there is not much information about him while very limited pictures of him are found in records. After his death Taliban posted another photo of him in which he could be seen in his young age having both eyes. He seldom left the city of Kandhar after he took over Afghanistan and rarely met with outsiders. He was known for speaking little and living in austere condition.
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omer’s portrait from the time when he was a religious student. This is his only photo before he lost an eye.
After September 11 attacks he became wanted. Some say that for over a year Omer had hid in mountains and deserts of south Afghanistan after that he fled to Pakistan in late 2002 where he worked as a potato trader. The US had announced $10Million as reward for any information leading to his capture.
Vigilante: In 1994 one of his local commanders kidnapped and raped two teenage girls, it is said that Omer felt obliged to take action. He recruited about 30 young religious students (Talibs), armed them and attacked the commander’s base.
Later the commander was hung from the barrel of Omer’s tank gun and the girls were freed. Omer said ‘we were fighting against Muslims who had gone wrong how could we remain quite when we could see crimes being committed against women and poor’.
He died in April 2013 of tuberculosis. His death was kept secret for 2 years until it was revealed in July 2015 by an Indian newspaper first and Afghanistan national directorate of security later. His death was revealed during the peace talks of Taliban and US in Pakistan. The news of his death sabotaged the talks completely.
Some sources claimed that he had died in Pakistan. He was not seen from almost a decade before a surprising biography was published by Taliban showing his way of living, day to day routine and even his personal life. It was published in four languages, it was a five thousand words document.
Taliban spokesman Zabi Ullah Mujahid shared Mullah Umer’s residence pictures in province Zabul, Afghanistan on March 2019
Some Famous Quotes of Mullah Omer(nzquotes.com)
“Believe in God, for with the grace of God the American rockets will go astray and we will be saved”
“Death comes to everyone. We must stand proud as Afghans in the defense of Islam.”
“God will defeat the great infidels.”
“I am ready to sacrifice everything in completing the unfinished agenda of our noble jihad…until there is no bloodshed in Afghanistan and Islam becomes a way of life for our people.”
“I tell my brethren in Palestine: be patient and continue your blessed struggle. We did not forget you. We are still healing another wound in the Muslim nation, which is the occupation of our land by the Americans. Your battle and ours are one and the same.”
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