Taliban co-founder disputes internal rifts, denies he was injured in any clash

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When asked about the rumours, Baradar said: “No, that’s not true at all. Praise be to God that I am fit and well. And with regard to media claims that we have internal disagreements, this is also true.” Not there.

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“Praise God, there is a lot of kindness and mercy among us, such as does not exist even in a family. Moreover, for many years, we have suffered and sacrificed, for many years, to end the business. That too Not for power nor for position.”

Baradar said he was traveling outside Kabul without access to the media to refute the claim. “Therefore, we assure the Afghan nation and all senior and junior mujahideen that they should not worry at all and there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

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Baradar was also asked why he did not meet Qatar’s foreign minister when he went to Kabul on Sunday. Baradar was not seen with Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan when he met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

“We were not aware that the foreign minister was coming from Qatar. Had we known, we would have postponed our visit. And we were on a visit, so the meeting did not take place,” Baradar said.

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“It was not possible for us to return from the trip to meet the External Affairs Minister. If we had received the news earlier, we would have probably joined the meeting along with other friends.”

Taliban officials said Baradar had gone to Kandahar, where the group’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada is said to be.

Baradar heads the Taliban’s political office and led the Doha talks with the former government and the United States. Some expected him to be named prime minister, but after lengthy negotiations over the size of the new government, Baradar was named deputy prime minister.

Granthshala’s Tim Lister contributed to this report.

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