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Pak intelligence chief's visit to Kabul affirms Taliban is ISI's 'puppet': Ex-Pentagon official

WebdeskSep 05, 2021, 04:51 PM IST

Pak intelligence chief's visit to Kabul affirms Taliban is ISI's 'puppet': Ex-Pentagon official

Pakistan intelligence chief Faiz Hameed has taken an "emergency" trip to Kabul to resolve an evolving internal crisis in the Taliban after reports emerged about a clash between factions between in which the group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar suffered injuries.
   
Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), writes in US-based 19 forty-five that the Hameed's emergency visit affirms that they are merely an ISI puppet.

The Taliban, which captured Kabul on August 15, has been delaying the announcement of the government formation in Afghanistan over the past few days.
   
While the group has not issued a statement over it yet,  reports have emerged claiming that the government formation has been delayed due to differences between the Taliban and the Haqqani network over power-sharing.
   
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the top Taliban leader who is set to head the new Afghan regime, was injured during the clash and is currently getting treated in Pakistan.
   
Signalling there a rift in the Taliban, Rubin said that the Haqqani and many other Taliban factions simply do not accept Haibatullah as their leader.
 
Pakistan intelligence chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed reached Kabul on Saturday leading a delegation of Pakistani officials.
   
"There is no official word of the appointment of Haibatullah Akhundzada whom the group's representatives earlier signalled would be the Islamic Emirate's supreme leader based in Kandahar," he writes.
   
"That delay also postponed Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar's efforts to become a political leader in Kabul. The delay may signal a much greater crisis within the Taliban, hence Hameed's emergency trip," Rubin adds.
   
The Pentagon former official said with his recent visit, Hammed's hand in the toppling of the Afghan government has been exposed.
 

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