The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem as entrenched as in the province of Uruzgan.
In a 14 minute unverified audio recording, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the successor of Osama bin Laden pledged allegiance with Taliban again.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks after announcing Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader on May 25.
The attack took place in Sangcharak district in northern Sari Pul province early today morning and that the intelligence chief and his deputy were the targets.
Azhar claimed the alleged offer was made by the then External Affairs minister Jaswant Singh to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, the Taliban chief who was killed in a US drone strike last month.
NATO has said that the al-Qaeda is seeking partnership with the Taliban and are trying to remain safe from U.S air strikes.
The Taliban are now refocusing their attention mostly on the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan, US and Afghan military officials said.
Washington is not bothered about Islamabad’s feelings on the issue of drone strikes, as it is convinced that Pakistan is providing safe havens for Taliban.
Speaking to Dawn after a Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) meeting, Maulana Samiul Haq said that the new Taliban Chief -Haibatullah is a skilled militant commander and should not be taken lightly.
Mansour, who was in his early 50s, and Muhammad Azam, a Pakistani driver, were killed on May 21 when US special forces targeted their vehicle in a drone strike in Noshki district of Balochistan.
Last week a U.S. drone killed Mawlawi Haibatullah’s predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a remote area of Balochistan
“Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are still investigating the incident, but so far they have not been able to confirm the identity,” said Pakistan’s Interior Minister.
The US has told Pakistan that while it respects its territorial integrity, it will continue to conduct strikes to eliminate terrorists who target American soldiers.
A timeline of deadly attacks that took place under the Mullah Mansour.
The airstrike that targeted Mansour Saturday was carried out in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region