- Mullah Baradar, one of the most famous faces of the Taliban, has disappeared from public view
- Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Khalil ur-Rehman Haqqani had a debate at Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Baradar had a direct telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump in 2020
An interim government has been formed in Afghanistan. But before the formation of this new government, there was a heated debate between Taliban leaders in the Rashtrapati Bhavan of Afghanistan. According to media reports, a major debate broke out between the leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan regarding the formation of the new government of the group. The group’s co-founder Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar and a cabinet member had a debate at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. There have been unconfirmed reports of dissent within the Taliban. In recent days, news of dissent within the Taliban leadership has been in the news since the public disappearance of Mullah Baradar. But the Taliban is officially denying it.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, and have since declared the country an “Islamic emirate”. His new interim cabinet is entirely male and made up of senior Taliban men, some of whom are notorious for attacks on US forces over the past two decades.
A Taliban source told the media that Baradar and Khalil ur-Rehman Haqqani (refugee minister and key figure of the militant Haqqani network) had a hard-fought conversation as their followers were at loggerheads with each other.
A senior member of the Taliban based in Qatar and a person close to those involved also confirmed that an argument had taken place at the end of last week. The debate broke out because the new deputy prime minister, Baradar, was unhappy with the structure of his interim government. It has also been said that the dispute stems from the question of which of the Taliban should take credit for their victory in Afghanistan.
Mullah Baradar reportedly believes this is the result of diplomacy by people like him, while members of the Haqqani group and their supporters say the victory was achieved through fighting.
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Baradar was the first Taliban leader to have a direct telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump in 2020. Earlier, he had signed the Doha Agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from the Taliban.
Meanwhile, the powerful Haqqani network has been linked to some of the most violent attacks in Afghanistan against Afghan forces and their Western allies in recent years. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US. Its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is the Home Minister in the new government.
A rumor has circulated since late last week that one of the most famous faces of the Taliban, Mullah Baradar, has disappeared from public view. There were speculations about his death on social media. Taliban sources say that Baradar had moved from Kabul to Kandahar after the dispute.
After this, an audio recording of Baradar released on Monday said that the co-founders of the Taliban had gone on distant trips. In this audio, he said, “Wherever I am at the moment, we are all fine.”
Many Afghans will find that they have good reason to doubt the Taliban. In 2015, the group admitted to covering more than two years after the death of its founding leader Mullah Omar, during which time they continued to issue statements in his name.
Sources say that Baradar was expected to return to Kabul and that he could deny in front of the camera that there was an argument. There has been speculation about the Taliban’s supreme commander, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who has never been seen in public. He is in charge of the Taliban’s political, military and religious affairs.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister on Tuesday called on international donors to resume aid, saying the international community should not politicize their aid.