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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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According to the provincial government, Mullah Nasir was also involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in Helmand and other parts of the country.
Mullah Rasool is a dissident Taliban leader who has been leading his own faction of the Taliban after the death of the group's founder and former supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Mr Mullah confronted his son who then went with him to the bank to explain that he was responsible for the PS1,110 taken from the account.
In the good, or if you wish, bad old days, mullahs used the contraption when they entered "cheleh", a 40-day withdrawal from the pubic in which they read the first 30 surahs of the Koran, maintained a vow of silence and, presumably, tried to discover the deeper meaning of things.
The son of Mullah Omar, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, former Guantanamo detainee Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir and Mullah Sheri were also cited by the sources as possible successors.
Mansour, Mullah Omar's deputy, concealed Mullah Omar's death for more than two years, and ran the Taliban in his name until the death was disclosed by the Afghan government.
And finally it will document how, despite exposing himself to ridicule from Islamic State supporters after Mullah Mansoor's leadership got off to a shaky start, his decision paid dividends as Mansoor consolidated his position and the Taliban started surging in Afghanistan.
This flexibility was shown by the newly appointed leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansur.
Following the confirmation of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in late July, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor declared himself as Amirul Momenin or supreme leader of the hardline militants.
The defence minister said Mullah Omar had not been in Quetta or Karachi, adding he neither died in Pakistan nor was buried there.
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, who has been chosen as the new leader (in very murky circumstances) by the Taliban political leadership, favours peace efforts.
Just as the government was preparing for a second round of talks that seemingly had the approval of Mullah Omar -- according to his annual Eid al-Fitr message that was published on the Taleban website on July 14 --Taleban confirmed on July 30 that he was dead.