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Pakistan ISI chief in Kabul to meet Taliban as Haqqani, Baradar fight it out over power-sharing in Afghanistan

The development comes on a day when Haqqani Network leadership is at odds with Mullah Baradar over yet to be formed inclusive transitional government as committed to the international community during the Doha peace talks.

Pakistan ISI chief in Kabul to meet Taliban as Haqqani, Baradar fight it out over power-sharing in Afghanistan-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Sep 5, 2021, 12:37 PM IST
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Amid heavy fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir valley and confusion over government formation in Kabul, Pakistan intelligence chief Lt Faiez Hameed paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s capital and met Taliban leaders.

The development comes on a day when Haqqani Network leadership is at odds with Mullah Baradar over yet to be formed inclusive transitional government as committed to the international community during the Doha peace talks.

The Haqqani’s lead by Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin and his terrorist brood do not want to share power with anyone, while Baradar wants elements from the minority communities to be included in the government.

Pakistan journalist Ghulam Abbas Shah said that Hameed is visiting Afghanistan at the invitation of the Taliban to discuss the future of the two countries.

The journalist said that the ISI chief travelled to Kabul to hold talks with the Taliban’s top leadership amidst reports of disagreement between the Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder and the senior-most leader of the Taliban, and the Haqqani network leader Anas Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani and brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, the current head of the terrorist group and deputy chief of the Taliban.

The report, published by Panjshir Observer, claimed that Taliban leaders and forces loyal to Anas Haqani also clashed with each other on Saturday over the power-sharing and ways to resolve the Panjshir situation. The report said that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the top Taliban leader who is set to head the new Afghan regime, was injured during the clash and is currently getting treated in Pakistan.

According to a CNN-News18 report, negotiations over government formation in Afghanistan are underway between the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network. Sources said that the insurgents are outlining a government based on Iran's model - an Islamic republic where the Supreme Leader is the head of state.

The report further mentioned that differences between Mullah Yaqoob and the Haqqani factions have surfaced even though the Taliban leadership have tried to project a united front.

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