- Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who is the Taliban co-founder released an audio message amidst rumor that he had died in a power struggle
- In these past two days, social media platforms surfaced reports asserting that Baradar was mortally wounded
- On September 7, the Taliban disclosed their interim cabinet following their takeover
On Monday, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who is the Taliban co-founder released an audio message amidst rumour that he had died in a power struggle with the leader of the Haqqani Network, Anas Haqqani. In the audio, the Taliban co-founder is heard clarifying that he is “alive and well” and rejected reports of any deaths or injuries as “fake propaganda”.
In these past two days, social media platforms surfaced reports asserting that Baradar, designated as the deputy to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, was mortally wounded in a shootout between the rival Taliban factions at the presidential palace.
In the audio, he voiced, “Over the past few nights, I have been away on trips. Wherever I am at the moment, we are all fine, all my brothers and friends.” He added, “Media always publishes fake propaganda. Therefore, bravely reject all those lies, and I 100 percent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem.”
As per several media reports, Gunfire that was heard on Friday night in Kabul was actually a power struggle between two senior Taliban leaders-group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Afghan Taliban leader Haqqani. Reportedly, the incident occurred over an alleged disagreement among the Taliban leaders, concerned about how to resolve the situation in Panjshir.
In the Panjshir valley which is the last holdout of resistance forces, the National Resistance Force (NRF) of Afghanistan is continuing to put up a rigid fight against the Taliban who desperately hopes to take over the last bastion in the country. The group took over the control of the war-torn country in the last month.
Meanwhile, on September 7, the Taliban disclosed their interim cabinet following their takeover. The acting government will be headed by Mullah Mohammad Hassan who is known as the head of the Taliban’s leadership council while his deputy will be Abdul Ghani Baradar, the face of the Islamist group.