Taliban seizing control of Kabul and all top provincial capitals of Afghanistan, its top leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar the co founder of insurgent group is most likely to become the new President of the country.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and other top diplomats have already left the war ravaged country after the Taliban sealed a nationwide military victory. In its victory, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has now emerged as the undisputed leader of the insurgent group.
Afghanistan’s government had collapsed on Sunday after Ghani left the country and the Taliban entered the country, taking control of the Afghan capital of Kabul and the presidential palace.Born in Uruzgan province in 1968, Baradar is also the co-founder of the insurgent group. He is the second senior-most leader in the Taliban hierarchy after Haibatullah Akhundzada.
He was freed from a Pakistani jail at the request of the US less than 3 years ago. He is believed to have reached Kabul from Doha on Sunday evening. In stated on the fall of Kabul, he said the Taliban’s real test was only just beginning and that they had to serve the nation.
Baradar had fought in the Afghan Mujahideen against the Soviet Army in the 1980s. Baradar set up a madrassa in Kandahar with his former commander and reputed brother-in-law, Mohammad Omar. Together, the two mullahs founded the Taliban, a movement spearheaded by young Islamic scholars dedicated to the religious purification of the country and the creation of an emirate. the Taliban swept to power in 1996 after a series of stunning conquests of provincial capitals.
Baradar played a succession of military and administrative roles in the 5 year Taliban in Afghanistan as deputy minister of defence when the militia was overthrown by the US and its Afghan allies back then.
Ghani said in a statement , his first since fleeing. Baradar on Sunday said that the terror group’s victory that saw all cities of the country fall to them in just 10 days was unexpectedly swift and had no match in the world.
Al Jazeera report, he said the real test would begin now with meeting the expectations of the people and serving them by resolving their problem.