An enormous bust-up erupted between leaders of the Taliban at the presidential palace before deputy chief Mullah Baradar fled to Kandahar, sources have revealed.
The row came about between Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani – the minister for refugees – and the group’s co-founder Baradar, a senior Taliban official advised the BBC.
The pair reportedly exchanged sturdy phrases as a result of deputy prime minister Baradar was sad in regards to the structure of their interim authorities.
It is claimed the argument derived from disagreement over which members of the group ought to obtain recognition for his or her victory in Afghanistan.
Baradar allegedly believes that focus must be positioned on diplomacy, whereas the Haqqani group provides emphasis to preventing.
The Taliban states there was no argument and denies that Baradar is useless after wild rumours emerged that he was killed throughout a gunfight together with his political rivals.
The group insisted that Baradar is in Kandahar province meeting with the group’s supreme chief Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada to debate Afghanistan’s future now the US has withdrawn.
But the social media rumour-mill believes he was really killed in a gun battle in Kabul’s presidential palace on Friday that broke out throughout a meeting with the highly effective and ruthless Haqqani household.
The Taliban produced a handwritten be aware and an audio recording as proof that Baradar is alive – which solely served to extend hypothesis additional.
The Taliban has been compelled to disclaim wild rumours that deputy chief Mullah Baradar was shot useless throughout a confrontation in Kabul final week (pictured, Taliban guards in Kabul)
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem launched the audio recording on Monday.
In it, a person claiming to be Baradar accuses ‘media propagandists’ of spreading false rumours about him – insisting ‘I and all my colleagues are OK’.
‘There had been information within the media about my dying,’ Baradar mentioned within the clip.
‘Over the previous few nights I have been away on journeys. Wherever I’m at the second, we’re all high-quality, all my brothers and buddies.
The solely proof the Taliban has produced is a handwritten be aware (pictured) and an audio recording, sparking extra rumours
‘Media all the time publish faux propaganda. Therefore, reject bravely all these lies, and I one hundred pc affirm to you there isn’t any problem and we have no drawback.’
The recording was posted to Twitter hours after a handwritten be aware was additionally circulated, insisted that Baradar is alive.
The be aware – which was not signed by Baradar however by a deputy, Mawlawi Musa Kaleem – denied there had been a shoot-out at the palace and mentioned Baradar is in Kandahar.
Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, one of many group’s most-senior spokesmen who relies in Kabul, additionally rubbished the rumours.
‘Reports about Mullah Baradar Akhund being injured or killed are baseless and are usually not true, I categorically refute them,’ he mentioned.
Rumours about Baradar’s security started circulating final week when the Taliban introduced its new authorities and named him as deputy prime minister, regardless of the widespread perception that he would take the highest job.
That led to hypothesis that he had been demoted attributable to in-fighting between Taliban founding members and the Haqqani Network – a strong faction of the Taliban whose relations secured prime positions within the new administration.
Speculation about Baradar’s well being was pushed into overdrive at the weekend after he was absent from a high-level summit with Qatar (pictured), amid stories of political in-fighting
Speculation then intensified when Taliban leaders met with senior delegates from Qatar in Kabul on Sunday, with Baradar conspicuously absent from the meeting.
Three members of the Haqqani household had been at the summit together with different members of the brand new Afghan authorities – led by Prime Minister Mohammad Hasan Akhund.
Baradar is likely one of the Taliban’s founding members and served as deputy to its first supreme chief Mullah Omar, who died in 2013 from tuberculosis.
After Omar’s dying, Baradar took over as chief of the political wing of the Taliban and is likely one of the group’s most-senior figures.
But he’s regarded as in battle with the Haqqani household, leaders of the fearsome Haqqani Network which is affiliated with the Taliban but in addition has hyperlinks to terror teams against the Islamists – corresponding to ISIS-Ok.
Two members of the clan – Sirajuddin and Khalil – now maintain senior positions within the new authorities, taking the roles of inside minister and refugee minister.
Anna Haqqani additionally holds a task as a high-level negotiator, and was current throughout the meeting with Qatari diplomats.
Baradar, one of many Taliban’s founding members (file picture), has been seen in public solely a handful of instances since arriving again in Afghanistan final month
Adding additional gas to the rumours is the truth that the Taliban beforehand coated up the dying of chief Mullah Omar for 2 years.
It was solely after Afghan intelligence revealed his dying in 2015 that the Taliban publicly confirmed it.
The Taliban’s supreme chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, was additionally rumoured to have died for a number of years before the group recaptured Afghanistan.
Since then, the Islamists have claimed he’s alive and within the nation – someplace in Kandahar province.
Akhundzada not often seems in public, maybe explaining why the Taliban have been reluctant to launch photos of Baradar if the pair are meeting.