Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul to hammer out govt – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday to be a part of negotiations with the Afghan and rebel leaders. “Talks for an interim authorities have been occurring between the insurgents and Afghan politicians led by former president Hamid Karzai and former overseas minister and Afghanistan chief government Abdullah Abdullah because the fall of Kabul after lightning advances by Taliban fighters a couple of days in the past. The negotiations are occurring proper now,” Ahmadullah Waseq, deputy of the Taliban’s cultural affairs committee, was quoted as saying.
In Kabul, Taliban sources stated, Baradar would meet jihadi leaders and different politicians forward of assembly Karzai and Abdullah. Baradar is the one surviving Taliban chief to have been personally appointed deputy by the slain Taliban chief Mullah Omar. According to Taliban sources, an announcement concerning the new authorities could be made after August 31 following the expiry of the deadline for a pullout of American troops from Afghanistan.
Without a purposeful authorities in Afghanistan for every week, uncertainty prevails in Kabul. Desperate individuals are making an attempt to flee the nation whereas many stay trapped in their properties hoping for a miracle. The scene at Kabul airport is chaotic and there are rising fears of a return to the repressive 1996-2001 regime of the Taliban. Banks and authorities departments have been shut for seven days in a row and other people in Kabul and in different cities are dealing with a scarcity of funds and meals.
Baradar had arrived in Kandahar from Qatar final week. Within hours of his return, the Taliban introduced its rule could be “different” this time. He had been appointed head of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha after his launch from a Karachi jail in 2018. Last yr, he had struck a peace settlement with the Trump administration, paving the way in which for a US troop pullout from Afghanistan. The Taliban’s supreme chief, Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzada, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan and solely releases occasional statements.
Baradar’s arrival in Kabul got here as Western international locations raced to evacuate diplomats from Kabul amid chaotic scenes on the airport. In its advisory on its web site, the US embassy in Afghanistan warned on Saturday of “potential security threats outside the gates” of the airport.
Barardar’s entry into Kabul was preceded by conferences of different senior Taliban leaders, together with Khalil Haqqani and his nephew Anas Haqqani, with Afghan politicians. Khalil, with a $5 million US bounty on his head, was pictured amongst crowds in the Afghan capital on Friday, flanked by armed males dressed in army uniforms. He had additionally addressed worshippers and led Friday prayers in Kabul whereas holding a gun. Earlier this week, Abdullah Abdullah had posted pictures of Karzai and himself assembly Haqqani and his Taliban delegation. Khalil Haqqani is the brother of Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani community and the uncle of the Taliban’s deputy chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani. The Haqqani community has been credited with some of probably the most violent assaults towards US, Nato and Afghan forces in latest years.
Pro-Taliban social media feeds confirmed that Khalil Haqqani had additionally met Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord and influential determine in Afghan politics main the Hizb-e-Islami celebration. Hekmatyar has been referred to as the “Butcher of Kabul” for his brutal massacres and destruction in Kabul throughout civil conflict of the early Nineteen Nineties.
The Taliban declare they’re in search of to type an “inclusive, Islamic” authorities regardless of studies of atrocities carried out throughout the nation. In latest days, former authorities officers spoke of hiding from the militants as gunmen went from door to door. While the Taliban have broadly introduced the parameters of their new authorities, it’s unclear what sort of system they’re going to introduce in the nation.

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