The Taliban have denied that considered one of their prime leaders has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumours about inside splits within the motion almost a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, stated Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former head of the Taliban political workplace who was named deputy prime minister final week, issued a voice message rejecting claims he had been killed or injured in a conflict.
“He says it’s lies and completely baseless,” Shaheen stated in a message on Twitter.
Mullah Bradar Akhund, Deputy PM, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in a voice message rejected all these claims that he was injured or killed in a conflict. He says it’s lies and completely baseless.
— Suhail Shaheen. محمد سهیل شاهین (@suhailshaheen1) September 13, 2021
The Taliban additionally launched video footage purportedly displaying Baradar at conferences within the southern metropolis of Kandahar. Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the footage.
The denials observe days of rumours that supporters of Baradar had clashed with these of Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of the Haqqani community that’s based mostly close to the border with Pakistan and was blamed for a few of the worst suicide assaults of the struggle.
The rumours observe hypothesis over attainable rivalries between navy commanders like Haqqani and leaders from the political workplace in Doha like Baradar, who led diplomatic efforts to achieve a settlement with the USA.
The Taliban have repeatedly denied the hypothesis over inside divisions.
Baradar, as soon as seen because the doubtless head of a Taliban authorities, had not been seen in public for a while and was not a part of the ministerial delegation which met Qatari Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Kabul on Sunday.
The motion’s supreme chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has additionally not been seen in public for the reason that Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15, though he issued a public assertion when the brand new authorities was shaped final week.
Hypothesis over Taliban leaders has been fed by the circumstances surrounding the dying of the motion’s founder, Mullah Omar, which was solely made public in 2015 two years after it occurred, setting off bitter recriminations among the many management.