Will Not Prevent Burials Even Of Armed Opposition: Herat Governor

Kabul: Responding to criticism from citizens who opposed the conduct of the funeral of Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, the deputy head of the Taliban-led Mullah Mohammad Rasool splinter group in Herat, the governor of the province, Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali, said the government would not prevent the burial of anyone, including the armed oppositions.

Ghatali at a press conference in Herat on Monday said that the Afghan government did not provide services to bury Mullah Abdul Manan. The governor of Herat emphasized, “We have said for a long time that we do not usually talk behind the dead. If someone wants to bury their dead, we will not stop them.”

The funeral of the deputy head of the Taliban splinter group, led by Mullah Mohammad Rasool, was held on Sunday in the presence of more than 100 people at the Herat Guzar Gah area. A number of gunmen from the group also attended the ceremony.

The governor of Herat said that no more than six weapons were seen during the ceremony.

Holding this ceremony in the city of Herat was criticized as they said the Herat local government should not have allowed him to be buried inside the city with the participation of fighters and Taliban commanders.

Also at the ceremony, the Taliban group selected Mohammad Khalid, the 23-year-old son of Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, as his successor. He told reporters that he would continue his father’s path.

Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi was wounded in the head by unknown gunmen in an ambush on the border between Guzara and Adraskan districts of Herat last Wednesday. He died in a hospital in Kabul.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi was the deputy head of the Taliban’s splinter branch led by Mullah Mohammad Rasool and a staunch opponent of the Taliban led by Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzadeh.

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