Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has appeared in an interview with Afghan state television amid rumours of his death.
Mullah Baradar has appeared in a TV interview amid rumours of his death. (Photo: Twitter/@Ahmadmuttaqi01)
Amid increasing questions over his whereabouts, Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reportedly appeared in an interview with Afghan state television.
Taliban leader Ahmadullah Muttaqi, in a tweet, said that the latest interview of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be published today and added that “all the propaganda of the enemy will be officially thwarted”.
— Ahmadullah Muttaqi (@Ahmadmuttaqi01) September 15, 2021
Earlier this week, Baradar released an audio statement saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was last week named as the number two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund.
He blamed “fake propaganda” for the death rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.
Social media has been in a frenzy over the speculation 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. 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,” Baradar said in the clip.
“Media always publish fake propaganda. Therefore, bravely reject all those lies, and I 100 percent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem.”
Taliban spokesperson from Qatar office Suhail Shaheen also tweeted denying the reports of the Taliban co-founder’s death.
Mullah Bradar Akhund, Deputy PM, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in a voice message rejected all those claims that he was injured or killed in a clash. He says it is lies and totally baseless.
— Suhail Shaheen. (@suhailshaheen1) September 13, 2021
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