Questions in Kabul as two top Taliban leaders ‘missing from public view’

The Guardian

By Emma Graham-Harrison in Kandahar
Portraits of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada for sale in Kabul. He has not been seen in public, despite the group taking the city a month ago. Photograph: EPA

Two senior Taliban leaders have gone missing from public view, leading some Afghans to question whether the group’s supreme leader and new deputy prime minister are alive.

The top Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has not been seen in public a month after the militants seized control of Afghanistan. A spokesperson has gone on the record to deny rumours of his death.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the Taliban’s most recognised faces, has also gone missing. Questions about the wellbeing of the head of the political office and key figure in peace talks began mounting after he was not seen in public for several days.

Publish : 2021-09-14 15:34:00

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