Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar leaves Kabul after heated argument with leader of Haqqani network

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar leaves Kabul after heated argument with leader of Haqqani network

Last week, the formation of an interim government of the Taliban in Afghanistan has also sparked mutual squabbles. The group's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has left Kabul, the BBC reported. In recent times there have also been unconfirmed reports of disagreements in the leadership of the Taliban. A Taliban source told BBC Pashto that there was a heated argument between Baradar and the minister for refugees and Khalil ur-Rehman Haqqani, a key figure within the militant Haqqani network.

Taliban sources told the BBC that after the brawl, Baradar left Kabul and went to Kandahar. A senior Taliban member and another person in Qatar also confirmed that the two had an argument at the end of last week, the report said. Sources said the debate broke out because the new deputy prime minister, Baradar, is unhappy with the structure of his interim government. It has also emerged that the reason for the controversy is to take credit for the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan.

Baradar believes this was due to diplomacy by people like him, while members of the Haqqani group and their supporters say it was achieved through fighting. The powerful Haqqani network has been linked to some of the most violent attacks in Afghanistan in recent years against Afghan forces and their Western allies. The group has been declared a terrorist organization by the US. Its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is the Home Minister in the new government. Rumors about marriage have been doing the rounds since late last week, when Baradar has been missing.

After this rumors of Baradar's death spread. He himself denied this by releasing the audio. Sources told the BBC that Baradar was expected to return to Kabul and that he could come on camera to deny that there was a dispute. There has been speculation about the Taliban's supreme commander, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who has never been seen in public. He is in charge of the Taliban's political, military and religious affairs.

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