Shortly after a government was formed, fierce quarrels arose within the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Supporters of two rival leaders clashed outside the presidential palace in Kabul, Taliban sources tell the BBC.
The British broadcaster writes that there seems to be a disagreement about who made the biggest contribution to the victory of the fundamentalists, who conquered the entire country after a lightning offensive last month. The distribution of cabinet posts would also cause dissatisfaction.
An insider says Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar got into an argument with minister Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, a top figure from the extremist Haqqani network. Baradar would argue that the Taliban’s victory should be seen above all as a diplomatic achievement, while his rival would believe that the conflict has been won on the battlefield.
The deputy prime minister-appointed Baradar was the first Taliban leader to have direct contact with a United States president. He had a telephone conversation with Donald Trump in 2020. He also signed the agreement with the United States that paved the way for the departure of US troops from Afghanistan.
The riot came to light after Baradar went out of publicity last week. That led to speculation that he had died. Sources say to the BBC that the Deputy Prime Minister has left for Kandahar after the conflict. He is expected to return to Kabul, where he may appear on camera to deny the altercation.
The Taliban tell media there was no arguing at all, but have issued conflicting statements about what Baradar is currently doing. A spokesperson told the BBC that the Deputy Prime Minister “is tired and wanted to rest.”
Meanwhile, our cabinet is engaged in a heavy debate about the difficult evacuation operation in Afghanistan. The House accuses the cabinet that it reacted too slowly to the advance of the Taliban and that Dutch people and interpreters are still stuck in the country.
The debate started hours later than planned. It was not until late last night that the outgoing cabinet provided answers to some five hundred questions from the House of Representatives. In addition, the parties demanded additional information in response to an article in de Volkskrant. Van Dijk: ,,The embassy called for help, but the ministry did not answer.”
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Cracks in Taliban unity: rivals clash at palace | Abroad
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