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Taliban executes pro Islamic State Khorasan cleric Mawlawi Mutawakil

KABUL: Taliban has executed pro Islamic State- Khorasan (IS-K) cleric Mawlawi Mutawakil.

Mawlawi Mutawakil Source: Twitter

According to the details, the Taliban arrested a religious cleric in Kabul a few days ago. On Sunday, the Taliban reportedly killed him.

Source: Twitter

His body was reportedly found from Paghman near Kabul. The funeral prayers of Maulvi Mutawakil to be offered in Paghman.

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It should be mentioned here that earlier Mawlawi Abu Ubaidullah Mutawakil has also spent time in jail under the Ghani regime when he was arrested by an Afghan intelligence agency for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State- Khorasan province (IS-KP).

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Meanwhile, the Taliban on Sunday denied the killing of pro-Islamic State- Khorasan (IS-K) cleric Mawlawi Mutawakil.

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said that the killing of Mawlawi Mutawakil, a religious scholar in Kabul, has nothing to do with the Islamic Emirate.

“He was abducted a few days ago, and his body was found today. The intelligence of the Islamic Emirate is looking for the perpetrators. Evil circles do such things for the sake of divisiveness, he added.

On 16 August, the Afghan Taliban killed the former head of the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) in South Asia and the Far East, Abu Omar Khorasani, soon after their take control of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Abu Omar Khorasani Source: File

Khorasani who was also known as Zia ul-Haq was taken from an Afghan government prison and executed.

Khorasani and Mutawakil’s execution has been well-received amid concerns about what the Taliban’s stance will be regarding the IS threat in the region.

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On 18 August, senior Taliban leader Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa told the media that IS extremists are “deviant” and that their beliefs do not exist among any Afghan group.

During the interview, the Taliban leader also revealed that IS fighters are “more or less on the side of the government,” suggesting that the former Afghan administration used the terrorist group for intelligence purposes.

Khairkhwa went on to say that if IS had a headquarters in Afghanistan, then the Taliban would undoubtedly bring the fight to them.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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