[NTD News September 16, 2021, Beijing time]According to British media reports, a few days after the Taliban took control of the Afghan government, the leaders of two rival factions broke out in the presidential palace in the capital Kabul. . However, the Taliban denied the news.
According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday (September 15), a senior Taliban official revealed that the focus of this conflict is who made the most contribution to the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan, and the new Deputy Prime Minister Barra. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is dissatisfied with the power distribution of the interim government. Therefore, the supporters of the two rival factions fought in the presidential palace.
A senior Taliban member based in Qatar and a person connected with the person involved also confirmed that there were conflicts within the Taliban last weekend.
Another Taliban source told the BBC that Baradar had a strong verbal confrontation with Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, the Minister of Refugee Affairs and the founder of the armed organization Haqqani network. At the same time, their supporters also quarreled nearby.
Baladal believes that the focus should be on diplomatic activities centered on him; while Haqqani believes that this (capture of Afghan power) was achieved through battle.
The “Haqqani Network” has always been alleged to be related to a series of violent attacks on the Afghan army and its Western allies (US and NATO troops) in Afghanistan in recent years, including the 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul. The organization has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. Its leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is the interior minister of the new government.
Baradar disappeared from public view shortly after the conflict broke out. There is speculation on social media that he may be dead. But Taliban sources told the BBC that Baradar left Kabul after the argument and went to Kandahar.
In the allegedly Baladal recording released on Monday (13th), Baladal claimed that he was “out on a trip.” However, the authenticity of this recording has not yet been proven.
Taliban officials have always insisted that “no conflict has occurred” and stressed that Baradar is safe. However, in his later official statement, contradictory claims appeared. A Taliban spokesperson said that Baradar went to Kandahar to meet with the top leader of the Taliban; but later told the BBC that he was “tired and wanted to take a break”.
Many Afghans believe that they have good reason to doubt the official Taliban’s claims. In 2015, the organization admitted to covering up the death of its leader, Mullah Omar, for more than two years, and in the meantime, they continued to make statements in his name.
(Reporter Xiao Jing Comprehensive Report / Chief Editor: Lin Qing)
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