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, mulla, mollah
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect



in Islam, a learned teacher or expounder of religious law and doctrines; usually chosen by a group of believers from among their own number.

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Mullah Akhtar Mansoor's death comes just three days after Mullah Mansour Dadullah's dead body was found in the house of one of his followers.
The second round, which was scheduled to be held on July 31, was postponed at the request from the Taliban following the confirmation of the death of Mullah Omar, according to Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah.
However, Mullah Omar's elder son Mullah Yaqub has challenged Mansoor's leadership as illegal and warned him to step down or face the danger of infighting.
With his long record as a real fighter, Mullah Omar was much more respected than the man who formally inherited al Qaeda's leadership after Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, the reclusive Egyptian theorist Ayman al Zawahiri.
By contrast, Mullah Mansour and the Taliban political leadership have for several years been stressing that theirs is a purely Afghan movement.
But a second round scheduled for July 31 was postponed indefinitely following the news of the death of Mullah Omar and appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new leader.
Mullah Omar was the oneeyed, secretive head of the Taliban who hosted Osama bin Laden's al Qaida in the years leading up to the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Mullah Ubaidullah died in a jail in Pakistan, according to the Taliban which left Mullah Baradar next in line.
the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, His Excellency Amir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may mercy be upon him) has passed away from this world due to the illness he was suffering from.
A former Taliban minister who was once close to Mullah Omar said he had died of tuberculosis and was "buried somewhere near the border on the Afghan side.
Its mullah is Maulana Tayyub, who heads a religious organisation called Jamiat Ishaat Tawheed-wa-Sunnah (JITS).
Women's activists attending the packed proceedings hailed the sentence as a victory because the mullah was successfully prosecuted under a 2009 law meant to fight violence against women in a country where rape had long been treated as adultery, implicitly placing partial blame on the victim.