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Taliban co-founder Baradar disputes internal rifts, denies he was injured in any clash


Asked concerning the rumors, Baradar mentioned: “No, this is not true at all. Praise be to God I am fit and well. And with regards to media claiming that we have internal disagreements, that is not true either.

“Praise be to God, we’ve plenty of kindness and mercy amongst us, such that doesn’t even exist in a household. In addition, for a few years, we’ve suffered and given sacrifices, in order to finish occupation. That is neither for energy nor for place.”

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Baradar said he had been on a trip outside Kabul without access to the media to refute the claim. “Therefore, we guarantee the Afghan nation and all senior and junior Mujahideen, to not fear in any respect, neither is there something to fret about,” he added.

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Baradar was also asked why he did not meet Qatar’s Foreign Minister when he visited Kabul on Sunday. Baradar was not seen accompanying Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund when he met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

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“We weren’t conscious that the Foreign Minister was coming from Qatar. Had we identified, we might have postponed our journey. And we had been on a visit, due to this fact, the assembly did not occur,” Baradar said.

“It was not potential for us to return from the journey to fulfill the Foreign Minister. Had we obtained the information beforehand we might have in all probability joined different mates in the assembly.”

Taliban officers mentioned Baradar had gone to Kandahar, the place the group’s supreme chief Haibatullah Akhundzada is claimed to be primarily based.

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Baradar is the pinnacle of the Taliban’s political workplace and led the Doha negotiations with the previous authorities and the United States. Some anticipated he could be named prime minister, however after extended negotiations on the form of the brand new authorities, Baradar was named a deputy prime minister.

CNN’s Tim Lister contributed to this report.

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