Mullah Baradar, Taliban govt’s Deputy PM, dismisses news of his death in audio message
Afghanistan news agencies, including TOLO News, tweeted about the audio recording, stating, "Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister of the Taliban government, verified his life."
After reports of his purported death spread on social media, Taliban co-founder and Afghanistan's new deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, released an audio message claiming he was well and had not been harmed. Following rumours that Baradar had been injured or killed in battles with different Taliban groups at the presidential palace, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem tweeted the statement. While no verification is available for the message, it has been uploaded on official Taliban websites.
Baradar, who was appointed as Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund's number two last week, blamed "false propaganda." "for the death rumours included in a Taliban audio message
Afghanistan news agencies, including TOLO News, tweeted about the audio recording, stating, "Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister of the Taliban government, verified his life and stated he was not harmed in an audio message.
The remark, tweeted by Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem, comes after rumours that Baradar was injured or killed in Taliban fighting." (sic)
However, many on social media believe it is past time for Baradar to emerge physically to disprove any rumours of his death. Speculation has engulfed social media, particularly in India. "There had been media coverage of my death," he said in the video. "I've been gone on vacations for the several previous nights. We're all OK, my brothers and pals, wherever I am right now. The media always publish fake propaganda. As a result, reject all of those falsehoods boldly, and I can assure you that there is no problem and that we have no difficulty," he added.
Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban's top leader, was likewise said to have been dead for several years.