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Is Mullah Ghani Baradar dead? Rumours abound about fight with Haqqani

The reports of Baradar being dead are again circulating with a number of Twitter handles tweeting that there was an infighting within Taliban.

Reports of the death of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s deputy PM Mullah Baradar have been surfacing on social media since last week after the fight over seat of power in Afghanistan. However, on Monday the reports of Baradar being dead are again circulating with a number of Twitter handles tweeting that there was an infighting within Taliban.

Last week, there were reports of clashes between the co-founder of Taliban and the Haqqani faction, and there has been a gunfight on September 3. However, Afghanistan’s website Panjshir Observer had reported that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was injured in the gunshots fired by Haqqani group.

However, Panjshir’s National Resistance Front claim that they have credible reports of Mullah Ghani Baradar death and Anna’s Haqqani’s injury during the clash over the power sharing in Presidential palace and both of them has no presence in the media since the incident occurred.

Amid rumours of his death, Afghanistan’s TOLO news reported that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister of the Taliban government, has put out an audio message confirming he was alive and not injured. The message, tweeted by Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem, follows reports that Baradar was injured or killed in clashes among the Taliban.

However, there still have been doubts among people that if Mullah Baradar is alive then why he put out the audio message and not a video or press conference.

Baradar is one of the co-founders of the Taliban.

Baradar, reported to have been one of the trusted commanders of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, was captured in 2010 by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi and released in 2018. Born in Uruzgan province in 1968, he is the second senior-most leader in the Taliban hierarchy after Haibatullah Akhundzada. Baradar was raised in Kandahar, which also happens to be the birthplace of the Taliban movement. 

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His life was forever altered by the Soviet invasion of the country in the late 1970s, transforming him into an insurgent. He was believed to have fought side-by-side with Mullah Omar.

Baradar played a succession of military and administrative roles in the five-year Taliban regime in Afghanistan as deputy minister of defence till the militia was overthrown by the US and its Afghan allies back then.

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