[Things are getting complicated in the Taliban narrative.
The subject of the following article, Mullah Abdul Manan, is the brother of original Taliban Supremo, Mullah Omar . He was recently honored with a seat on the Rahbari Shura (leadership council), along with his nephew, Omar’s eldest son, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, and Sirajuddin Haqqani. They are named as deputies to new Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who recently replaced the violently contested replacement for Mullah Omar, Akhtar Mansour, who was murdered in Balochistan by an American drone. Omar’s brother and his son both opposed Mansour for Taliban king, because he attacked his own men (who contested the election) and because the succession was mishandled.
Does the arrest of Abdul Manan represent a crackdown upon the Mansour faction, or upon the rejectionists, who follow Mullah Rasoul? Which side fights against the Afghan Govt, which side bombs civilian targets, primarily Shia mosques and gatherings? The Taliban are a living, evolving sculpture, shaped by the hands of competing spy agencies, telling us the story of decades of the international intelligence agency wars.]
A commander of the Taliban group involved in robbery, extortion and other criminal activities was arrested from the northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abdul Manan who is also famous as Wazir was arrested from the vicinity of Charikar district.
According to a statement by NDS, another companion of Manan was also arrested by the intelligence operatives.
The statement further added that Manan was involved in robbery, roadside bombings and harassment of the local residents and a Ak-47 rifle along with a pistol were also confiscated from him.
NDS said the detained militants were long involved in terrorist activities and Manan spent three years in prison who rejoined the Taliban group after he was released.
According to NDS, Manan was operating under the command of Hashmatullah together with his other companions.
The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
Parwan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.