Sunday, August 7

Taliban Co-Founder and Chief Negotiator Arrives in Kabul to Discuss Future Afghan Government



The Taliban’s co-founder and the group’s chief negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is already in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, to discuss with Afghan political leaders the formation of a new government in the country after the reconquest that the insurgents completed last week.

Baradar, whom international analysts point to as president of the country in the future government, will possibly undertake a meeting with the so-called Coordination Council formed by the former president of the country Hamid Karzai, the former prime minister Abdullah Abdullah and the former warlord Gulbuddin Hemaktyar.

The co-founder of the Taliban returned to the country from the capital of Qatar, Doha, last Tuesday and has remained until today in the province of Kandahar – the homeland of the Taliban – as confirmed by the deputy head of the so-called “cultural commission »From the organization, Ahmadulá Wasiq, to ​​the newspaper ‘Hasht e Subh’.

In the last hours, Wasiq himself has reiterated to the BBC network that the intention of the Taliban is to configure an “inclusive” government as soon as possible and that Baradar’s arrival in Kabul is due to the need to declare this new executive as as soon as possible to fill the existing power vacuum.

During his stay in Doha, Baradar served as Taliban chief in negotiations with the United States on troop withdrawal, and later led the unsuccessful peace talks with the Afghan government.

Haqqani network settles as head of security in Kabul

Also in the last hours there has been a meeting between Hemaktyar and Jalil Rahman Haqqani, one of the leaders of the Haqqani network, an organization that has close ties with the Taliban and is now in charge of maintaining security in the capital, Kabul, reports the Afghan network 1TV News.

“The fact that we have Khalil al Rahman Haqqani in charge of the security of Kabul is discouraging,” a British intelligence official complained to the US international channel Voice of America under anonymity. “The Haqqani network and al Qaeda have a long history together, it could be argued that they are intertwined and it is highly unlikely that they will sever relations after this,” he lamented.

The retired British diplomat Ivor Roberts has added to the same medium that assigning members of the Haqqani network to oversee the security of Kabul is akin to “putting the fox in charge of a chicken coop.”

Roberts, a senior advisor to the Project Against Extremism, a nonprofit network that investigates extremist groups, said he was surprised by the move. “I thought that from a public relations point of view, the Taliban were being a bit smarter,” he estimated.

“Instead, they are presenting the worst elements of their coalition and send a terrible signal to women, girls and civil society. And I think it increases the possibility that Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for international terrorism, “he added.

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