This handout photograph taken in 1978 and obtained from the Afghan Taliban on October 12, 2015 shows the late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar posing for a portrait when he was a student at a madrassa in Kandahar. The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle.  AFP PHOTO / AFGHAN TALIBAN -----EDITORS NOTE----- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AFGHAN TALIBAN " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
This handout photograph taken in 1978 and obtained from the Afghan Taliban on October 12, 2015 shows the late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar posing for a portrait when he was a student at a madrassa in Kandahar. The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle. AFP PHOTO / AFGHAN TALIBAN -----EDITORS NOTE----- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AFGHAN TALIBAN " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Islamabad : The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle.

The picture, taken in 1978, was first posted on the Taliban’s official site (http://shahamat-english.com/omar-iii-from-the-slum-to-emirate ).

A clearer scanned copy obtained by AFP today shows a youthful, thickly-bearded Omar wearing a green turban and a waistcoat over his traditional Afghan tunic, as he stares directly into the camera.

“The picture was taken while Mullah Omar was a student at a madrassa in Kandahar,” the official said.