Taliban’s deputy PM Mullah Baradar returns to Kabul
Published: 07:20 PM, 7 October 2021
Taliban co-founder and deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar; Photo: Collected
Taliban co-founder and deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has returned to Kabul after reports of inner conflict and rumors of his death surfaced. He returned to Kabul on Tuesday after a long stay in Kandahar for about a month. The top Taliban leader is currently staying at the Presidential Palace, the residence and office of the President in Kabul.
The Hindustan Times reported this on Wednesday, citing intelligence agencies.
Upon arrival in Kabul, Afghan Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani reportedly sent members of government security forces for the safety of Mullah Baradar, however, he instructed those members to return back.
Mullah Baradar said he had his own security guard and “did not feel the need” for government security.
International media quoted various sources as saying that there was a dispute between Baradar and supporters of the influential Haqqani network at the Presidential Palace last month. However, Baradar denied the news.
Taliban co-founder and deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar later appeared in a video interview to dispel rumors of his death. “No, that’s not true. I’m fine, healthy,” he said, dismissing reports of infighting within the Taliban. “I was out of Kabul, there was no way to access the internet to deny fake news,” he added.
The Taliban recently formed a 33-member interim government after taking control of Kabul on August 15, then the news of conflict between then was surfaced.