Taliban co-founder denies he was injured in any clash

Mullah Baradar, a prominent Taliban co-founder and acting Deputy Prime  appeared in a television interview Wednesday to refute rumors he had been injured or even killed in a dispute last week at the presidential palace in Kabul.

Rumors had been circulating — and widely shared on social media — that Baradar had come to harm during a dispute between factions of the Taliban and the powerful Haqqani network, which holds key positions in Afghanistan’s interim government.
Baradar first refuted the claims in an audio clip on Monday, but no video or images were forthcoming then.
On Wednesday he appeared in an interview with Afghan national TV, which was posted on Twitter by the Taliban’s political office in Doha.
Asked about the rumors, Baradar said: “No, this is not true at all. Praise be to God I am fit and well. And with regards to media claiming that we have internal disagreements, that is not true either.
“Praise be to God, we have a lot of kindness and mercy amongst us, such that does not even exist in a family. In addition, for many years, we have suffered and given sacrifices, in order to end occupation. That is neither for power nor for position.”
Baradar said he had been on a trip outside Kabul without access to the media to refute the claim. “Therefore, we assure the Afghan nation and all senior and junior Mujahideen, not to worry at all, neither is there anything to worry about,” he added.


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