News of clashes between Taliban leaders at the presidential palace

Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban and deputy prime minister of Afghanistan's interim government. File photo: Reuters

News Desk: The formation of a new government in Afghanistan has sparked controversy among Taliban leaders, according to international media reports.

A senior member of the cabinet told the BBC that a cabinet member had a heated argument with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar at the presidential palace.

Recently, rumors of Mollah Baradar’s death came as he was not seen in public. There have also been unconfirmed reports of disagreements among Taliban leaders. However, these issues have been officially denied by the Taliban.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, defeating the Western-backed government in Kabul and then declaring the country an “Islamic Emirate.”

Their interim government, announced last week, is made up of men and senior Taliban leaders, some of whom have been blamed for some of the deadliest suicide bombings during the war.

A Taliban official told the BBC Pashto that Mullah Baradar and Khalil Ur-Rahman, the influential leader of the Haqqani network, had been the subject of heated debate between the Haqqanis and their supporters.

A senior Qatar-based Taliban member with ties to the group confirmed the allegations to the BBC last week.

They said the new deputy prime minister, Baradar, was dissatisfied with the structure of the interim government and the controversy began.

The conflict is said to be over which part of the Taliban will win the victory in Afghanistan.

It is learned that Baradar believes that this achievement should be attributed to the diplomacy they have led; On the other hand, members of the Haqqani network and their supporters say that this victory has come through fighting.

Baradar is the first Taliban leader to speak directly to a US president. In 2020, he had a telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Earlier, he signed the Doha Agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on behalf of the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the powerful Haqqani network has been involved in some of the deadliest attacks on Afghan forces and their Western allies in Afghanistan in recent years. The group has been listed as a terrorist organization by the United States.

Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani has become a home minister in the new government.

Rumors have been circulating since Mullah Baradar, one of the Taliban’s best-known faces, was not seen in public last week. Many began to express fears through social media that he had died.

Reuters reports that Baradar, once considered a possible head of the new Taliban government, has not been seen in public for some time. Baradar was also absent from a meeting between Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani and Taliban ministerial-level representatives in Kabul on Sunday.

Rumors of this are so rife that the Taliban has to deny in a statement that Baradar was killed in a sectarian dispute.

Sulail Shaheen, a spokesman for the group, said Mollah Baradar had denied rumors that he had been killed or injured in a clash in a voice message.

“He said it was false and completely baseless,” Shaheen said in a Twitter message.

The Taliban has also released video footage showing Baradar at a meeting in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. However, Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.

A Taliban official told the BBC that Baradar had left Kabul for Kandahar after the altercation.

An audio recording allegedly released by Bardar was released on Monday, in which the Taliban’s co-founder said, “I am away for travel. We are all well wherever I am at the moment. ”

The BBC has not been able to verify the authenticity of the audio recordings, which were posted on several Taliban official websites.

No altercation was reported at the party, and no motive has been identified for the killings.

A spokesman said Baradar had gone to Kandahar to meet with top Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada; But later the BBC told Pashto, “He is tired, so he wants to rest.”

Many are skeptical of the Taliban. Earlier, they had kept the death of their group’s founder, Mullah Omar, a secret for more than two years. Throughout that time, they issued one statement after another in Omar’s name.

Taliban officials have told the BBC that Baradar is expected to return to Kabul on camera to rule out any controversy.

Mullah Akhundzada, the group’s top leader, has not been seen in public since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15. Rumors are circulating about the Taliban’s top political, military, and religious leader.


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