The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan released an audio statement Monday saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media. Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was named as a number two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund last week, blamed “fake propaganda” for the death rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.
Social media is in a frenzy over speculation. Particularly in India, where rumours swirled that he had been mortally wounded in a shootout between rival Taliban factions at the presidential palace.
There had been news in the media about my death,” Baradar said in the clip. “Over the past few nights, I have been away on trips. Wherever I am at the moment, we are all fine, all my brothers and friends. “Media always publish fake propaganda. Therefore, reject all those lies bravely, and I 100 per cent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem”. It was not possible to authenticate the message, but it was present on official Taliban sites. Including that of the spokesman of the political office of the new government.
Taliban Latest Update : The Taliban supreme leader is also rumoured to have died.
The Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, is also rumoured to have died for several years. Meanwhile, the group’s spokesman said he was “present in Kandahar” two weeks after they took power. Taliban government’s acting prime minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund met with the Qatari foreign minister on Sunday. In the highest-level foreign visit to Afghanistan since the hardline Islamist group captured the capital last month. Qatar’s foreign ministry said that Abdulrahman called upon the country’s new rulers to “involve all Afghan parties in national reconciliation”.
Reports that the two sides discussed “bilateral relations, humanitarian assistance, economic development and interaction with the world”. During the meeting held in the presidential palace. According to the Qatar foreign ministry, Sheikh Mohammed and Taliban prime minister Hassan Akhund also discussed.