The Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar) arrived in Kabul. Nearly a week after the armed group occupied the capital without resistance, he arrived in Kabul to negotiate Finalize the new government of Afghanistan.
With the withdrawal of the U.S.-led army, the Taliban completed their abrupt march across the country, which coincided with what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday the Afghan army “awe-inspiring collapse”.
Since then, as Western countries have worked hard to speed up the evacuation of their citizens and vulnerable Afghans amid reports of chaos and Taliban violence, thousands of people have poured into Kabul Airport and the security situation has deteriorated.
A Taliban official said that Baradar will meet with battlefield commanders, former government leaders, policymakers and religious scholars.
He arrived in Afghanistan from Qatar last Tuesday and chose to land in Kandahar, the country’s second largest city, which is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
Baradar and the United States negotiated the movement’s 2020 peace agreement. His attendance is significant because he often held talks with former leaders such as former Afghan President Karzai.
An Afghan official familiar with the talks in the capital said that the Taliban has stated that it will not announce anything to the government until the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops on August 31 has passed.
Taliban officials said that the armed organization plans to prepare a new governance model in Afghanistan in the next few weeks, with different teams to resolve internal security and financial issues.
“Experts from the previous government will be introduced into crisis management,” an official who asked not to be named told Reuters.
He added that the new government structure will not be democracy as defined by the West, but “it will protect everyone’s rights.”
Since the Taliban regained power after being overthrown in 2001, they have shown a more moderate appearance, saying that they want peace, will not retaliate against their old enemies, and will respect women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law.
During its ruling period from 1996 to 2001, the organization prohibited women from working or going out without wearing a full-length burqa, and prohibited children from going to school.
Other senior Taliban leaders that have been seen in the capital in recent days include Khalil Haqqani, one of the “most wanted terrorists” in the United States, who has offered a $5 million reward.
Pro-Taliban social media feed shows Haqqani meeting Gulbudin Sikmatyar – It was a mortal enemy during the brutal civil war in the early 1990s, but still has influence in Afghan politics.
Abdullah Abdullah, a senior official of the dismissed government, said on Twitter that he and Karzai met with the acting governor of the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday, who “assures us that he will do everything possible to protect the The safety of the people of the city”.
‘Crimes against civilians’
A NATO official said that since Taliban militants entered Kabul airport, about 13,000 foreigners and Afghans working for embassies and international aid organizations have been evacuated from Kabul airport.
“The evacuation process is slow because it is risky, because we don’t want any kind of conflict with Taliban members or civilians outside the airport,” he requested anonymity. “We don’t want to start to shirk responsibility for the evacuation plan.”
In the new security warning, the US Embassy on Saturday told citizens not to go to Kabul Airport without “individual instructions from a representative of the US government” on the grounds that there is a potential security threat outside the gate. However, the crowd is still outside its concrete barriers, some holding documents.
The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Switzerland has postponed a chartered flight to Uzbekistan to help evacuate.
“The security situation around Kabul Airport has deteriorated significantly in the past few hours. There are many people in front of the airport, and sometimes violent clashes occur, which prevents people from entering the airport,” the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
After a backlog of transit facilities in Qatar caused flights to Kabul International Airport to be grounded for several hours on Friday, the Gulf state of Bahrain announced on Saturday that it would allow flights to use transit facilities for evacuation.
At the same time, the United Arab Emirates stated that it will host as many as 5,000 Afghans “before going to other countries”.
“Panic, Stress, and Anxiety”
Individual Afghans and international aid and advocacy groups report severe retaliation for protests and roundups of those who previously held government positions, criticized the Taliban, or worked with Americans.
“We have heard of some atrocities and crimes against civilians,” said the Taliban official, who asked not to be named. “if [members of the Taliban] These security issues are being dealt with and they will be investigated,” he said.
“We can understand panic, stress, and anxiety. People think we won’t be responsible, but that’s not the case.”
In recent days, when gunmen went from house to house, former officials told the tragic story of avoiding the Taliban.
Baradal, the head of the Taliban’s political office, is a member of the organization’s negotiating team in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
According to reports, Baradar is one of the most trusted commanders of the former Taliban leader Omar. He was captured by security forces in Karachi, Pakistan in 2010, but was released in 2018 at the request of the United States.