Taliban leaders are embroiled in a big row after a dispute over the formation of Rashtrapati Bhavan in Kabul new government, the sources have revealed.
Sources said an argument broke out between the co-founder of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and Khalil ur-Rehman Haqqani, the minister for refugees in the current government, and a prominent leader of the US-designated terrorist organization Haqqani Network. BBC Pashto.
According to a Taliban source, the two exchanged strong words while their supporters clashed.
The news of the internal rift comes at a time when two top figures of the Islamist group – Supreme Leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Baradar – have been speculated to have disappeared from public view.
Baradar was also absent from the ministerial delegation that met Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Kabul on Sunday – an occasion he usually attends.
The Taliban has dismissed both reports of the crackdown and rumours as “baseless propaganda”.
Baradar, who was one of the group’s co-founders and headed the Taliban’s political office, was tipped by Taliban officials as the next prime minister. But instead he was made the first deputy of interim prime minister Mullah Hassan Akhund.
Baradar was also the first Taliban leader to communicate directly with the then US President Donald Trump in 2020 and signed the Doha Agreement in February 2020. He is considered a “liberal” within the leadership.
It is said that the debate took place in Kabul because Baradar was unhappy with the formation of the new cabinet and disagreed over who should take credit for his victory in Afghanistan.
Baradar reportedly wanted to emphasize diplomatic efforts, for which he was largely responsible, while the Haqqani group placed greater emphasis on military victories that paved the way for the takeover.
The Haqqani network has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the US, and its chief Sirajuddin Haqqani has been given the rank of? Acting Interior Minister Despite the FBI placing a $10 million bounty on his head.
The network is linked to some of the most gruesome attacks against foreign forces and the Afghan government in Afghanistan.
A spokesman said Baradar left for Kandahar after an argument late last week. But he later told BBC Pashto that he was “tired and wanted some rest”.
However, speculation continues about the whereabouts of Akhundzada, who has not been seen since the Taliban takeover on August 15.
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