Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of Taliban, appeared in a new video amid speculations he was killed or has fled after a major row broke out between him and another senior Taliban leader at the presidential palace.
Dr. Naeem, a spokesperson for Taliban, uploaded the new video interview of Mullah Baradar in a bid to reject the reports regarding the brawl and disappearance of the top Taliban leader.
Mullah Baradar is seen reading a transcript as he answers a question regarding the differences between him and other Taliban leaders.
Rejecting the speculations regarding his death following a brawl with another Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar said he rejects the reports regarding a rift between the top Taliban leaders, emphasizing that the group paid ultimate price for the freedom of the country from the occupation and that the struggles were not aimed at achieving power or position.
Furthermore, Baradar said he was travelling when the reports emerged regarding his whereabouts and he did not have access to media to reject the speculations.
Responding another question regarding his absence during the visit of Qatar’s foreign minister to Kabul, Baradar said he was not aware of the visit, insisting that he would have cancelled his travel if he had information about the visit.
This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that a major row broke out between Mullah Baradar and Khalil-ur-Rehman Haqqani, another cabinet member of Taliban, over the make-up of the group’s new government.
A Taliban source had told BBC Pashto that Baradar and Haqqani had exchanged strong words as their followers brawled with each other nearby.
The source further added that Baradar had left Kabul and travelled to southern of Kandahar city following the row.