– MAULVI MOHAMMAD OMAR
Maulvi Mohammad Omar was born in the late 60s’, probably in 1968, in Kandahar, Afghanistan to a local known family from the Pashtu tribes. Maulvi Omar’s father died when he was 3 years old and he grew up as an orphan. He graduated in Kandahar a middle level of Islamic studies which granted him the title ‘Maulvi’ which means scholar in Urdu and Persian and is given to Sunni Muslims who graduated basic Islamic studies.
In the years 2006-7 Maulvi Omar mediated and helped to solve the problems with a large group of Muslim volunteers from Uzbekistan, who had a base in Wana in South Waziristan, but were aliens to the local Pashtu tribes customs and entered, therefore, to a violent conflict with local Taliban leaders. Maulvi Omar’s skills made him the natural spokesman for the Pashtu pro Taliban leaders on the border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Maulvi Omar became the prominent spokesman for the Taliban in East Afghanistan and for the Pakistani branch of the organization Tehrik-e-Taleban (the Taliban Way) led by Maulana Faqir Mohammad and the Taliban leader from South Waziristan Baitullah Mehsud.
On 07/01/2008 Maulvi Omar barely escaped an UAV– Unmanned Aerial Vehicle missiles attack in Bara, North Waziristan. He is considered as reliable source and well connected to most of the groups affiliated to the Taliban in Pakistan as well as in East Afghanistan.
Later on Friday 10/24/2008, in the evening, Pakistani army, assisted by local pro-government tribesmen militia – the Ashkar (see – TRIBE FIRST), reportedly killed 12 Taliban after they targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in various areas of Bajaur area. According to unconfirmed rumors it is probable that Tehrik-e-Taleban’s spokesman, Maulvi Omar, was among the dead (see – Bajaur 10.25.08 ).
** But, according to the Pakistani army, Maulvi Omar, was picked up, on Tuesday 08/18/2009, in the Mohmand tribal area, close to the Afghan border, and arrested. Maulvi Omar confirmed in his investigation that Baitullah Mehsude was indeed killed by the missile attack on 08/05/2009 (see – Ladha 08.05.09). He was replaced by spokesman Azam Tariq .
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