Kabul – The Taliban released a video of Mullah Baradar saying that there is no division in the Taliban. I am fit and fine. There were reports of clashes between the Baradar and Haqqani groups in the Taliban. It was rumoured that Baradar had left Kabul and settled in Kandahar. The Taliban tried to show their solidarity by releasing a video of Baradar. But in the presence of armed terrorists, Baradar is seen reading out a statement handed to him. This has raised suspicions that the Haqqani network has detained Baradar.
Clashes erupted between Baradar and supporters of the Haqqani network, following a power-sharing dispute at the presidential residence in Kabul last week. After this, Baradar had arrived in Kandahar with his supporters. One of the senior Taliban commanders gave this information to the international news agencies. The Taliban commander said Baradar had boycotted Kabul. This led to worldwide reports of a split in the Taliban.
To refute this, the Taliban released a video of Baradar. It shows terrorists with rifles standing next to Baradar. The video also reveals that Baradar is reading the news of the split in the Taliban and denying them reading the statement in his hand.
The media and analysts express surprise that Baradar has to read the text to show the Taliban and his well-being. The possibility also is being expressed that Baradar is in custody, as he is reading the statement in the presence of armed terrorists.
Following Baradar’s video, Haqqani Network leader Anas Haqqani released his video on social media. It also shows Anas reading the written text. Analysts pointed out that there are no armed Taliban around him. This has raised suspicions that Baradar is in custody.
Meanwhile, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons met with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s Haqqani network leader. Surprise is being expressed over this meeting. Because Sirajuddin is on the US FBI’s Most Wanted list and features on the blacklist of the United Nations. Therefore, the meeting between Lyons and Sirajuddin has attracted attention. No country has yet recognized the Taliban government. In such a situation, some people have strongly objected to the meeting between Lyons and Sirajuddin.