Thursday, January 20, 2011

Afghanistan Taliban Deny Reports that Leader Mullah Muhammad 'Umar was Hospitalized

*Zabihullah Mujahid, the Afghanistan Taliban's senior spokesman, denies reports that the group's leader, Mullah Muhammad 'Umar, was hospitalized.

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Remarks of the Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan about the Baseless Rumor of Illness of the Esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen

January 20, 2011

Quoting the American State Department and a CIA-run private intelligence network, The Eclipse Group, an American daily, The Washington Post has published an unsubstantiated and baseless report, claiming that the esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen, Mullah Omar Mujahid had a heart attack and was treated in a hospital in Karachi. The afore-said intelligence network says, the source of its

information is a physician who saw Amir-ul-momineen after the operation. But the report does not mention the name of the physician. According to the network, the physician says that he was not present in the operation theatre but heard from other physicians that Mullah Omar was suffering from cardiac complications. Some Afghan and international media outlets circulated the rumors without first verifying and substantiating it.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan categorically refutes this baseless and fatuous claim and believes that circulation of this rumor, is part and parcel of the propaganda war launched by the enemy.

The esteemed Amir-ul-momineen (may Allah protect him) has never suffered from such disease, that would have required to rush him to a hospital. The enemy is circulating these rumors to cover up its own defeat at the military field and to distract the attention of the common man.

It is worth mentioning that the enemy has no proof in this regard nor has any reason to prove its case. The only proof that it relies on in the report, weakens the claim in itself. The physician mentioned in the report says that he has not seen such an incident personally but has heard ( the story) from other doctors. It is in itself a fabricated reason.

In view of the propaganda drive by the enemy, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan declares that this fatuous and baseless claim of the enemy will not have any negative impact on the resistance and operations of the Mujahideen against the invading forces.

All the people of Afghanistan know that the enemy has launched the propaganda campaign in order to cover up its defeat. It gives circulation to baseless rumors which often end up proving a failure and fatuous. In fact these baseless rumors only add to undermining the credibility of the enemy. Apart from that, no gain the enemy will have.

Zabihullah Mujahid

Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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