The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan launched an audio assertion Monday saying he was alive and effectively after information of his supposed demise went viral on social media.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was final week named as a quantity two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, blamed “faux propaganda” for the dying rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.
Social media has been in a frenzy over the hypothesis — notably in India, the place rumours swirled that he had been mortally wounded in a ‘shootout between rival Taliban factions’ on the presidential palace.
“There had been information within the media about my dying,” Baradar stated within the clip.
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“Over the previous few nights I’ve been away on journeys. Wherever I’m for the time being, we’re all high quality, all my brothers and buddies.
“Media at all times publish faux propaganda. Subsequently, reject bravely all these lies, and I 100 per cent affirm to you there is no such thing as a challenge and we now have no downside.”
It was not attainable to authenticate the message, nevertheless it was posted on official Taliban websites — together with that of the spokesman of the political workplace of the brand new authorities.
The Taliban’s supreme chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, was additionally rumoured to have died for a number of years earlier than the group’s spokesman stated he was “current in Kandahar” two weeks after they took energy.