The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan launched an audio assertion Monday saying he was alive and properly 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 “fake propaganda” for the dying rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.
Social media has been in a frenzy over the hypothesis — significantly 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 news in the media about my death,” Baradar stated within the clip.
“Over the previous few nights I’ve been away on journeys. Wherever I’m in the mean time, we’re all fantastic, all my brothers and pals.
“Media always publish fake propaganda. Therefore, reject bravely all those lies, and I 100 per cent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem.”
It was not doable 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 “present in Kandahar” two weeks after they took energy.