Abdul Ghani Baradar: Taliban leader who is likely to become new Afghanistan President
As Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani left the country after the Taliban sealed a nationwide military victory, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the insurgent group is likely to become the new President of the country.
Afghanistan government collapsed on Sunday after Ghani left the country and the Taliban entered the country, taking control of the Afghan capital of Kabul and the presidential palace.
"The Taliban have won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen," Ghani said in a statement on Facebook, his first since fleeing.
Baradar on Sunday said that the terror group's victory that saw all cities of the country fall to them in just 10 days was unexpectedly swift and had no match in the world.
In a video message, he said the real test would begin now with meeting the expectations of the people and serving them by resolving their problems, Al Jazeera reported.
Who is Abdul Ghani Baradar?
Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban’s political head, was arrested in Pakistan in 2010. He was freed from a Pakistani jail on the request of the US less than three years ago and was relocated to Qatar.
Raised in Kandahar – the birthplace of the Taliban movement, Baradar's fought during the 1980s in the Soviet–Afghan War in Kandahar and served in the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet-backed Afghan government.
In 1994, he helped his former commander Mohammad Omar found the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.