Taliban Commander-in-Chief Mullah Baradar is likely to become the next Afghanistan president. Here’s what we know so far

Kabul: In a huge development, former President Ashraf Ghani offered his resignation and left the country for Tajikistan, paving the way for Taliban leaders to enter the capital Kabul. As Taliban terrorists seize the Afghan presidential palace, speculation is growing about who is likely to lead Afghanistan. If one is to believe reports, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, commander-in-chief and one of the founders of the Taliban movement, is a forerunner on the list of leaders likely to take over as president of Afghanistan.Read also – Afghan students at JNU afraid to return, apply for visa extension in the midst of crises Back Home | A report

Who is Mullah Baradar?

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  • Abdul Ghani Baradar, better known as Mullah Baradar, grew up in Kandahar, known as the birthplace of the Taliban movement.
  • After living a life forever changed by the Soviet invasion in the late 1970s, Baradar grew up to become a rebel.
  • It is believed that he fought side by side with the one-eyed clergyman Mullah Omar during the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s.
  • The two then founded the Taliban in the mid-1990s amid an ongoing civil war as the Soviet Union withdrew from the region.
  • During the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, following the September attacks in the United States, Baradar is said to be among a small group of insurgents who approached interim leader Hamid Karzai with a letter outlining a potential deal that would have seen the militants recognize the new administration.
  • Baradar was arrested near Karachi in Pakistan in 2010 and was held in custody until 2018, after which he was moved to Qatar.
  • Following his release, Baradar was appointed head of the Taliban’s diplomatic mission in Doha. He also oversaw the signing of the US withdrawal agreement to completely remove US forces from Afghanistan.
  • Apart from Mullah Baradar, Haibatullah Akhundzada – the supreme leader; Sirajuddin Haqqani – The Haqqani Network; and the Mullah Yaqoob scion are also among the likely names behind the Taliban’s leadership in Afghanistan.

The hardline Islamist group is now on the verge of regaining power as it prepares to declare Islamic Emirates Afghanistan from the presidential palace in the capital Kabul. It should be noted that this was the name of the country under the Taliban government, which was displaced by US-led forces after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Read also – Final Air India flight from Kabul reaches Delhi with 129 on board, contingency plans in talks

Taliban negotiators have demanded a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ and an unconditional surrender from the Afghan government within the next few days. Meanwhile, the Taliban have entered the capital Kabul, but only to maintain the security situation, a spokesman told TOLO News.

At the same time, panic ensued as residents hurried to leave the country with their belongings in their hands as the Taliban now held every border crossing.

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