New Delhi: The Taliban saw two of their ministers join a “big row” soon after the formation of the new government in Afghanistan, the BBC quoted senior Taliban officials as saying.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister in the Taliban government, and Khalil-ur-Rahman Haqqani, the minister for refugees and senior leader of the Haqqani network, exchanged “stern words” while their supporters disputed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Kabul.
According to the BBC report, differences arose over who won over the US as well as the makeup of the cabinet. However, the Taliban have denied these reports.
Baradar says the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan should be seen as a victory for diplomacy made by people like him. However, members of the Haqqani group, which has been designated by the US as a terrorist organization, insist on fighting.
Speculation of controversy had intensified since last week after Baradar disappeared from the public eye. Taliban sources told the BBC that after the debate he left Kabul and went to Kandahar.
To quash the rumors about his death, Baradar had released an audio message on Monday and claimed that he is alive and not injured.
He reportedly said in the audio, “There were reports about my death in the media. In the last few nights, I have been on tours. Wherever I am at the moment, we are all fine, all my brothers and friends.” clip.
The BBC reported that Baradar is likely to return to Kabul and appear on camera to deny differences with Khaleel ur-Rehman Haqqani.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s new caretaker foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaki Demand to lift sanctions against ‘Islamic Emirate’. According to Ariana News, at a press conference, he said the Islamic Emirate was willing to work with all countries, including the US, but made it clear that they “will not be guided”.