Amid the desperation of thousands of people still waiting to leave Afghanistan in a chaotic evacuation operation, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived on Saturday in Kabul to hold talks with members of his group and other political representatives with him. aim of form a new government.
“He will be in Kabul to hold talks with leaders of the jihadist fighters and with political leaders to form a inclusive government“explained a Taliban leader in dialogue with AFP.
Baradar arrived in Afghanistan from Qatar on Tuesday, but chose then to go to the second largest city in the country, Kandahar, the historical cradle of the Taliban.
Within hours of his arrival, the Taliban assured that their command would be “different” this time.
Arrested in Pakistan in 2010, Baradar remained in detention until his release in 2018, when he was sent to the country from the United Arab Emirates. There he was appointed head of the Taliban political office in Doha, where he participated in the negotiations and in the signing of an agreement with the United States, according to which the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan was established.
Likewise, another historical Taliban leader who was seen in the capital in recent days is Khalil Haqqani, one of the most wanted terrorists for the United States. His capture includes a reward of 5 million dollars.
For its part, social media defending the interests of the Taliban showed images of Haqqani meeting with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a stubborn rival during the civil war of the early 1990s who is still influential in Afghan politics.
Anas Haqqani, another important figure in the so-called “Haqqani network”, was also in the capital and held talks with former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who was leading the peace process for the previous administration.
In the midst of the social crisis, the Taliban promised to be “positively different“of his previous government, between 1996 and 2001, remembered for his fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.
At that time, women were excluded from public life, the girls could not go to school and there were stoning for adultery.
They also promised do not take revenge on your adversaries and offer a blanket amnesty for those who have worked with the Washington-backed government.
However, an intelligence document for the United Nations indicated that the militants were going door to door looking for people who have worked with the Americans or NATO.
According to this document, which AFP had access to, they are also checking people going to the Kabul airport.