In an interview, Mujahid said that before his “self-proclaimed nemesis” (The United States and the Afghan National Forces) accepted that he was real, they had believed he did not exist. He bragged that he had gotten away from their raids on multiple occasions. In the interview, the 43-year-old commander said that he was able to freely roam Afghanistan.
In the wake of the victory in Kabul, Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesperson, claimed he had lived in the Afghan capital, right under the noses of his opponents. The “University of Jihad” is how the world has known Mujahid, who had been operating in the shadows for years, according to Mujahid himself. Mujahid admitted to attending the Haqqania seminary in Nowshera, northwest Pakistan, where the media has called it the Taliban University.
Mujahid claims in an interview that he once caused disbelief in the US and Afghan National Forces about his existence. He said he had managed to avoid their raids on multiple occasions. He explained that, as a 43-year-old, he could walk around Afghanistan without being restricted. “Even though I’ve been living in Kabul for months, no one has caught on,” he said. “I’ve gone from one end of the country to the other. And I’ve seen firsthand what the Taliban do and what they are capable of.”
Due to his mysterious visage, many people thought the anonymous spokesman was multiple people for years. Mujahid, who was born in the Paktia province’s Gardez region in 1978, claimed to have studied Islamic law at the Haqqania seminary in northwest Pakistan. Mujahid says he was born in the Gardez region of Paktia province in 1978. He also says he studied Islamic law at the Haqqania seminary in northwest Pakistan.
A school in Pakistan, where officials from the UN-blacklisted Taliban attended, has received funds from the successive Pakistani governments. A number of important Taliban figures who were in attendance at the Haqqania seminary have done so as well. These men include Sirajuddin Haqqani, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor, Najibullah Haqqani, and Maulana Abdul Baqi Haqqani. Mujahid said he took up the role of the Taliban’s spokesperson when his predecessor was arrested. Further, he said he had never encountered Mullah Umar, the man credited with founding the Taliban.