Taliban deputy leader denies death rumors

The deputy leader and interim deputy prime minister of the Taliban government Baradar denied that he was killed in an internal dispute last week.

“These rumors are completely false. Thanks to this, I am still healthy,” Taliban interim deputy prime minister Abdul Ghani Baradar told Afghan national television on September 15, when asked about the rumours. he was injured and even killed in an internal dispute last week at the presidential palace in Kabul.

Baradar said he had previously taken a trip outside of Kabul, so he did not have access to the media to refute the rumours. He also reassured his subordinates and people not to worry.

The Taliban government's interim deputy prime minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar, emerged from an unknown location on August 16.  Photo: Reuters.

The interim deputy prime minister of the Taliban government, Abdul Ghani Baradar, appeared at an undisclosed location on August 16. Photo: Reuters.

He also denied reports of internal dissent within the Taliban. “Thanks to this, we treat each other with kindness and love so great that it doesn’t even exist in a family. For many years we have endured and sacrificed to end the occupation. It’s not because of our power or our status,” Baradar added.

When asked why he did not show up for a meeting with Qatar’s foreign minister in Kabul, Baradar said he did not know about the visit in advance, so he could not arrange it. According to Taliban officials, Baradar had already arrived in Kandahar, believed to be the residence of the Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada.

Baradar is the head of the Taliban political office and led the Doha negotiations with the former Afghan government and the United States. Baradar was originally supposed to take on the role of prime minister, but when the interim government cabinet was announced, he became deputy prime minister.

The mysterious interim government of the Taliban.  Graphics: Aljazeera.

The mysterious interim government of the Taliban. Graphics: Aljazeera.

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