Taliban denies killing of its deputy prime minister Mullah Baradar, releases audio of him


The Taliban mentioned at this time that the information of Mullah Baradar’s dying was false.

The Taliban has denied {that a} high chief has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumors about inner divisions within the motion, almost a month after its energy victory over the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.

Taliban spokesman Sulail Shaheen mentioned Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the previous head of the Taliban’s political workplace, who was named deputy prime minister final week, issued a voice message claiming he was killed or wounded in a conflict. .

Shaheen mentioned in a message on Twitter, “He says this can be a lie and utterly baseless.”

The Taliban additionally launched video footage purportedly exhibiting Baradar at conferences within the southern metropolis of Kandahar. Reuters couldn’t instantly verify the footage.

These rumors had been refuted by rumors that Baradar’s supporters had clashed with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the pinnacle of the Haqqani community, which is positioned close to the border with Pakistan and was blamed for a number of the worst suicide assaults of the warfare. .

The rumors observe hypothesis over a potential rivalry between army commanders comparable to Haqqani and political workplace leaders in Doha comparable to Baradar, who led diplomatic efforts to succeed in a settlement with the US.

The Taliban have repeatedly denied hypothesis of inner divisions.

Baradar, as soon as seen as a possible head of the Taliban authorities, was not seen in public for a while and was not a part of a ministerial delegation that met Qatar’s Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Kabul on Sunday .

The motion’s supreme chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has additionally not been seen in public for the reason that seize of Kabul by the Taliban on August 15, though he issued a public assertion final week on the time of the formation of the brand new authorities.

Hypothesis over Taliban leaders has been fed by the circumstances surrounding the dying of the motion’s founder, Mullah Omar, which was made public solely two years later in 2015, setting off bitter recriminations among the many management.

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