Taliban co-founder Baradar denies internal divisions and denies being injured in any fighting

Asked about the rumors, Baradar said: “No, this is not true at all. Praise be to God, I am healthy and well. And when it comes to media that claim we have internal differences, it is not true either.

“Praise be to God, we have a lot of kindness and mercy among us, things that do not even exist in a family. In addition, for many years we have suffered and given sacrifices to end the occupation. It is not for power or for position either. “

Baradar said he had been on a trip outside Kabul without access to the media to disprove the claim. “Therefore, we assure the Afghan nation and all the older and younger Mujahideen, not to worry at all, there is also nothing to worry about,” he added.

Baradar was also asked why he did not meet with Qatar’s foreign minister when he visited Kabul on Sunday. Baradar was not seen accompanying Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund when he met Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

“We were not aware that the foreign minister came from Qatar. Had we known that, we would have postponed our trip. And we were on a trip, so the meeting did not meet,” Baradar said.

“It was not possible for us to return from the trip to meet the Foreign Minister. Had we received the news in advance, we would probably have gone with other friends to the meeting.”

Taliban officials said Baradar had gone to Kandahar, where the group’s top leader Haibatullah Akhundzada is said to be based.

Baradar is the head of the Taliban’s political office and led the Doha negotiations with the previous government and the United States. Some expected him to be appointed prime minister, but after lengthy negotiations on the form of the new government, Baradar was appointed deputy prime minister.

CNN’s Tim Lister contributed to this report.

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