MYSTERY surrounds the whereabouts of Taliban deputy PM ‘Barader the Butcher’ who hasn’t been seen in public for days.
However rumours about Abdul Ghani Baradar being killed throughout a presidential palace gun battle over a Cupboard cut up has been rejected as “fake news”.
Taliban militants had been pictured posing within the presidential palace in Kabul after the takeover of Afghanistan
Abdul Ghani Baradar – dubbed Barader the Butcher – is Afghanistan’s new chiefCredit score: AFP
The Taliban have denied that Baradar, one in every of their high leaders, was slaughtered in a latest shootout with a rival faction.
Rumours have been swirling days after the Taliban announced its new government – full of terrorists linked to 9/11, Brit killers and torturers.
Baradar is a excessive rating mullah who’s a key participant behind the Taliban’s brutal enslavement of women and beheadings.
However, media stories declare he is not been seen in public “for days”.
BBC News quoted “senior Taliban sources” claiming that “a major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban over the make-up of the group’s new government in Afghanistan”.
The argument reportedly flared “between the group’s co-founder Baradar and a cabinet member at the presidential palace” the supply was claimed to have stated.
One Taliban supply advised the BBC that Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani – the minister for refugees and a outstanding determine inside the militant Haqqani community – “had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby”.
CNN carried an analogous story, claiming that whereas “many of the Taliban’s leaders move in the shadows” PR spokesmen have “fended off questions” about Baradar’s rumoured demise.
There had been information within the media about my dying.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy PM
The community added: “Equally, Taliban officers have repeatedly stated that the motion’s supreme chief and commander-in-chief, Haibatullah Akhundzada, would quickly make a public look.
“He hasn’t – fuelling rumours that he is sick or even dead.”
However such claims have been fiercely quashed by the Islamic militants.
They’ve denied rumours swirling about inside splits among the many brutal group practically a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
Sulail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, stated Baradar, who was named deputy PM final week, issued a voice message rejecting claims he had been killed or injured in a conflict.
“He says it is lies and totally baseless,” Shaheen introduced in a message on Twitter.
Baradar, who was final week named as a quantity two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, blamed “fake propaganda” for his dying rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.
The group additionally launched video footage purportedly displaying Baradar at conferences within the southern metropolis of Kandahar.
Information company Reuters stated it couldn’t instantly confirm the footage.
The denials comply with days of rumours that supporters of Baradar had clashed with these of Sirajuddin Haqqani.
He is the pinnacle of the Haqqani community that’s primarily based close to the border with Pakistan and was blamed for among the worst suicide assaults of the struggle.
Hypothesis is mounting over attainable rivalries between army commanders together with Haqqani and leaders from the political workplace in Doha like Baradar.
Rumours have additionally been sparked as Baradar was not a part of the ministerial delegation which met Qatari International Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Kabul on Sunday.
Social media has been in a frenzy over the hypothesis – significantly in India, the place rumours swirled that he had been mortally wounded in a shootout between rival Taliban factions on the presidential palace.
Over the previous few nights I’ve been away on journeys.
‘Baradar the Butcher’
“There has been news in the media about my death,” Baradar stated within the clip.
“Over the previous few nights I’ve been away on journeys. Wherever I’m in the intervening time, we’re all high quality, all my brothers and pals.
“Media all the time publish pretend propaganda.
“Therefore, reject bravely all those lies, and I 100 per cent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem,” he added.
The motion’s supreme chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has additionally not been seen in public for the reason that Taliban seized Kabul on August 15.
Nonetheless a public assertion was reportedly issued by him when the brand new authorities was introduced final week.
Hypothesis over Taliban leaders has been fostered, too, by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the dying of the motion’s founder, Mullah Omar.
His passing was solely made public in 2015 – two years after it occurred, setting off bitter recriminations among the many Taliban’s brutal management.
Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani is a frontrunner of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani community, and a US-designated terroristCredit score: Rex
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