The Taliban denied allegations that one of the top leaders was killed after rumors spread that two senior armed groups had died after disappearing from public.
The mystery raised the allegation that one of Afghanistan’s ministries was killed as a result of a conflict within the group over how to divide it.
According to the Afghan Analyst Network (AAN), the Taliban’s supreme leader, Haibatula Akunzada, has not been seen in public since armed groups ruled Afghanistan nearly a month ago, and he is still alive. Some people question whether they are there.
The recently appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban government, Abdul Ghani Baradar, is at risk of dying following reports of internal divisions of the movement.
Taliban spokesman Skhail Shaheen dismissed the rumors in a tweet on Monday, and Baradar rejected all allegations in a voice message that he was injured or killed in a clash. I say there is no basis. “
The Taliban has released a video, although the date of the footage has not been confirmed, allegedly showing the deputy prime minister at a meeting in the southern city of Kandahar.
The denial is rumored that Baradal’s supporters clashed with supporters of Shirajudin Haqqani, the head of the feared Haqqani network, which has been blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnappings in Afghanistan. It continues to the days of.
Baradar was imprisoned in Pakistan in 2010, but was released in 2018 as part of former US President Donald Trump’s attempt to mediate peace with the Taliban.
An official statement from Akhnzada was released last week when the new Taliban administration was established, but AAN said, “It is almost unclear whether he is actually alive or can appear publicly.” Stated.
Analysts mentioned how the death of Taliban founder Mohammed Omar was kept secret for two years before it was revealed in 2015.
AAN said Omar was reluctant to take pictures and videos in public, but conducted a radio interview and met foreign officials.
“Therefore, it would be strange if Hibatullah was alive and still very isolated now that the movement was in power,” AAN said.
In recent years, rumors of Akhnzada’s death have spread. Foreign policy The magazine quoted an unnamed Taliban official and reported that the recluse leader may have died after signing with Covid last year, but Taliban spokesman Zabiura Mujahid later denied.