Nine Years After His Death, the Taliban Finally Reveal Where Mullah Omar Was Buried

Mullah Omar Was Buried: Photographed on November 6, 2022, and published by the Taliban Government, members of the Taliban may be seen standing close to the mausoleum of late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Omarzo, Suri district, Zabul province.

The Burial Location of Mullah Omar Is Finally Revealed by the Taliban

Mullah Omar was the movement’s founder, and the Taliban had kept his death and burial a secret for years. On Sunday, however, the Taliban announced the location of his final resting place.

After the Taliban were forced out of power in 2001 by an operation led by the United States, there was a proliferation of rumors concerning Omar’s health and location. The Taliban did not accept that he had passed away two years earlier until April of 2015.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, said Agence France-Presse on Sunday that key officials of the organization attended a ceremony held earlier in the day at his cemetery in Omarzo, in the Suri area of Zabul province. In August of the previous year, the Taliban were able to retake control after defeating government forces just as the United States-led military that had propped up the rule for the previous 20 years terminated its occupation.

According to Mujahid, “since there were a lot of enemies surrounding and the nation was occupied, the tomb was kept hidden in order to prevent harm to the tomb.” “Only those members of the family who were really close knew where they were.” Pictures were taken by officials and made public showed members of the Taliban congregating around a plain white brick mausoleum that was covered in what looks to be gravel and was encased in a green metal cage.

“Since the decision has been made,” Mujahid explained, “there should be no problems for the individuals who wish to visit the grave.” Omar, who was approximately 55 years of age when he passed away, established the Taliban in 1993 as a means of putting an end to the internecine civil war that had broken out in Afghanistan after the Soviet occupation had lasted for ten years.

 

Mullah Omar Was Buried
When he was in charge of the Taliban, they adopted a strict interpretation of Islamic law, which included excluding women from participating in public life and instituting severe forms of public punishment, such as flogging and beheading criminals. Omar’s event takes place just one day after regional Taliban authorities disputed claims that the grave of resistance hero Ahmad Shah Massoud in the Panjshir Valley had been damaged. Mujahid had previously stated that the crime would be “punished” if it were proven to be genuine. 

Massoud leaves behind a complicated legacy in the country. He is revered by everyday Afghans for leading the resistance against the Soviet occupation, but he is reviled by the Taliban, whom he also fought until his death in 2001 at the hands of al-Qaida. His assassination in 2001 was a controversial event.

His burial is located in an impressive granite and marble mausoleum that overlooks the gorgeous Panjshir Valley. Since the Taliban took control of the nation in August of the previous year, the tomb has been guarded by Taliban militants. Residents in the area said that a recently arrived group of fighters were responsible for smashing the gravestone. A video showing the desecration of the burial, which could not be independently verified, was broadcast by the local media and shared extensively across social networks.

“It took place at the same time as the arrival of the fresh soldiers in Panjshir. The newly arrived soldiers from Helmand and Kandahar were responsible for the destruction of the gravestone of the country’s greatest hero “one local resident said to AFP. The head of information and culture for the province of Panjshir, Nasrullah Malakzada, refuted claims that the tomb had been harmed and published a video that purported to show the monument in its original state.

The film, on the other hand, made a point of omitting some aspects of the building, most notably the damaged section that could be seen in the first video. Journalists approached Malakzada with demands to see and photograph the grave for themselves, but he declined their pleas. Mujahid informed the media that it was inappropriate for anybody to disparage the deceased.

“In the past, we have penalized people who did similar activities,” he stated, adding that “this will be examined, and appropriate action will be done.”

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