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Conflict within Taliban leaders over govt makeup

  • Published at 07:45 am September 15th, 2021
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Taliban Afghanistan
The leader of the Taliban negotiating team Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar looks on the final declaration of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban is presented in Qatar's capital Doha on July 18, 2021 AFP

'The argument between the group's co-founder Baradar and a cabinet member happened at the presidential palace'

A major conflict involving the deputy prime minister broke out between Taliban leaders over the structure of the group’s new government in Afghanistan, BBC reported on Tuesday citing senior group officials.

“The argument between the group's co-founder [Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani] Baradar and a cabinet member happened at the presidential palace,” the sources told BBC.

There have been widespread rumours about the health of top Taliban leaders and possible internal disagreements within the group, after Baradar disappeared from the public since his last appearance in early September.

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Rumours also swirled around the health and whereabouts of Supreme Leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, who has made it his mission to stay away from public eye for years. Some reports say he died of coronavirus last year.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on August 15, and later in the month announced an interim cabinet made up of senior group figures.

“Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani - the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network - had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby,” a source told BBC.

The BBC’s sources said Baradar was unhappy with the structure of the government and the conflict broke out over who should claim credit for the group’s victory in Afghanistan.

Baradar believes diplomats, like himself, should get the lion’s share of the credit; while the Haqqani group – a paramilitary group run by one of the most senior Taliban figures and whose leader is the current interior minister – believes fighters achieved the most.

The Taliban sources told BBC Baradar had left Kabul and travelled to the city of Kandahar following the conflict.

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