Taliban suffers another blow as top commander captured
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 13:51
New York: Taliban appears to be nearing collapse as in another blow to the group, Pakistani authorities have captured Mulla Abdul Kabir, a member of the Quetta shura and the shadow governor of Afghanistan's eastern Nangahar province.

Kabir, a member of the Taliban's inner council was captured in Naushera area of Pakistan's restive northwest in the last few days and is the second member of the Quetta shura to be arrested in recent weeks, New York Times reported.

His capture comes close on the heels of nabbing of Taliban's number two Mulla Abdul Ghani Barader from Karachi and arrest of two other top commanders of the group, Mulla Abdul Salam, former shadow governor of Kunduz and Mulla Mohammed, shadow governor of Baghlan province.

Times said, the capture of Mulla Kabir appeared to be strictly Pakistani operation and Islamabad had kept his arrest a closely guarded secret even from their American allies. Mulla Kabir is a long time associate of Taliban supremo Mulla Omar. He was the governor of Nangahar province during the Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001 and military commander of eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangahar, Nuristan and Laghman.

The Quetta shura, considered to be the supreme decision-making body of the Taliban is reported to have 20 members with an inner council of nine commanders. A number of these have been killed in battles over the last two years.

New York Times said, along with Kabir another top rung Taliban leader Mulla Mohd Yunis was also nabbed. He was the shadow governor of Zabul province.


First Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 13:51

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