Senior Taliban officials told the BBC that a major dispute has broken out between Taliban leaders over the formation of a new government.
He said there was an altercation between the group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and a cabinet member at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Kabul.
There have been unconfirmed reports of a rift within the Taliban leadership since Mr Baradar’s disappearance from public display in recent days.
A Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Baradar and Khalil-ur-Rahman Haqqani – minister for refugee affairs and a key figure in the radical Haqqani network – exchanged stern words while their followers chatted with each other. roughed up.
Sources said the controversy arose because the new deputy prime minister Baradar was not satisfied with the structure of the interim government.
The disagreement is said to have been about who should be given credit for the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan.
Mr Baradar reportedly believes that diplomacy should be focused by people like him, while members of the Haqqani group – run by a senior Taliban figure – and his supporters say it has been achieved through fighting. .
“We give thanks to the world”
Today, the Taliban thanked the world for providing hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the United States to show “sympathy” with the poor country.
A donor conference in Geneva on Monday concluded with a pledge of $1.2 billion to help Afghanistan, which was seized by the Islamic militant group last month in a lightning strike that surprised US forces withdrew.
Afghanistan, already largely dependent on aid, is facing an economic crisis as new officials are unable to increase wages and food prices.
The Taliban government’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, told a news conference on Tuesday that the Taliban would spend the money of donors wisely and use it to alleviate poverty.
Mottaki said: “We thank and welcome the world’s pledge to provide nearly one billion dollars in aid, and we ask them to continue their aid to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate reaches out to those in need with complete transparency. Will try my best to deliver.”
In parallel, hundreds of protesters in the southern city of Kandahar – the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban – protested the new rulers’ plan to evacuate people from their homes.
The protesters are from the neighborhood of former Afghan army soldiers – most of whom are women, widows of soldiers killed in fighting against the Taliban in the past 20 years, or wives of wounded soldiers.
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