On Thursday, Afghan Taliban leaders stated that their new political chief won’t be a part of the peace discussion with US envoys that is scheduled to take place in Qatar next week.
U.S. officials had been eager to confer with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, expecting that the Taliban’s co-founder and military veteran would add impetus and have the power to discuss serious issues confining the end of America’s longest battle.
However, senior Taliban leaders stated that Baradar won’t be traveling to Qatar, refereeing to different reasons which include problems in acquiring travel documents as well discrepancy among the leadership over his explicit role in the discourse.
Baradar was discharged from a Pakistani jail in October and his recruitment was widely seen as marking a new move by the Taliban to come out from the political and diplomatic gloom.
Baradar, who previously led the rebel group’s military operations in southern Afghanistan, was detained in 2010 by intelligence agency team from Pakistan and U.S. Being a co-founder of the movement; he was a close friend of the isolated late Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who gave him his assumed name or nom de guerre, “Baradar” or “brother”.
Sohail Shahin, Taliban spokesman earlier this week stated that he won’t be able to say whether Baradar would be attending the talks or not. The last round of discussions ended in Qatar in January with both the strict Islamist movement and U.S.special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad praising the breakthrough after a longer-than-expected six-day session.
U.S. officials having knowledge with discussions stated that they were dreaming to get more details over fresh affirmation from the Taliban that they won’t allow Afghanistan to be used by groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State to carry on attacks on the United States and its allies, which has been an important demand by Washington.