Ex-Afghan Taliban leader alleges Akhond may have died of torture


Mawlawi Sayed Akbar Agha, the commander of the Jaish Al-Moslimin, a splinter group of Taliban movement, has said that relations between the Taliban and Pakistan are at lowest ebb and that former Taliban defence minister, Mullah Obaidullah Akhond, may have died of torture and pressure in a Pakistani prison.
He told Afghan TV channels that Pakistan has worst relations with the Taliban for a long time. He said he was jailed in Pakistan and tortured. “The Pakistanis have beaten me up, and they torture and beat up prisoners. I think that Mullah Obaidullah may have died of torture.”
He said Taliban members are sad at the tragedy of Obaidullah death. “I am shocked and I have talked to other Taliban members and they are also sad”.
Taliban confirmed last week that Obaidullah had died in a Pakistani prison in Karachi in 2010 one year after his arrest in Quetta.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had demanded of Pakistani government to investigate the arrest and death of the former defence minister. He also accused the ICRC of not giving information about the plight of Taliban prisoners in Pakistani prisoners.