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Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar to lead new government in Afghanistan: Sources

"All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government," one Taliban official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.

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Kabul, First Published Sep 3, 2021, 1:46 PM IST
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Taliban co-founder and head of the group’s political office, Mullah Baradar will lead a new Afghan government that could be announced soon, sources in the Islamist group said on Friday.

Baradar will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions in the government, three sources said as the militant group battles rebel fighters while striving to ward off economic collapse.

"All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government," one Taliban official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.

According to media reports, the Taliban is expected to announce a new government in Afghanistan.

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After sweeping across most of the country and seizing Kabul on August 15, the Taliban have faced resistance in the Panjshir Valley, north of the capital, with reports of heavy fighting and casualties.

Several thousand fighters of regional militias and remnants of the government's armed forces have massed in the rugged valley under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud, the son of former Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.

With each side blaming the other for the failure, efforts to negotiate a settlement appear to have broken down.

Humanitarian groups have warned of impending catastrophe and the economy, reliant for years on many millions of dollars of foreign aid, is close to collapse.

Many Afghans have been struggling to feed their families amid severe drought well before the Taliban took power and millions may now face starvation, aid agencies say.

"Since August 15, we have seen the crisis accelerate and magnify, with the imminent economic collapse that is coming this country's way," Mary-Ellen McGroarty, the director of the World Food Programme in Afghanistan, told Reuters from Kabul.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has no plans to release billions in Afghan gold, investments and foreign currency reserves parked in the United States that it froze after the Taliban's takeover.

(With inputs from agencies)

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