One of the founders of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar, has arrived in the capital, Kabul, to discuss forming a new government. Gani Baradar, known as an influential leader of the Taliban, had signed an agreement with the United States to draft a return to the United States from Afghanistan.
Although the Taliban has promised to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan, many are skeptical. The Taliban has said it will bring in experts who worked with Ashraf Ghani’s previous government to manage the crisis. Apart from Baradar, Khalil Haqqani, a leader of the radical Haqqani network, is also in Kabul. He is listed as a fugitive by the United States and the United Nations.
As the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, the group’s top leaders began returning home from Qatar. Some of the repatriated leaders were living in exile in Qatar. Baradar, one of the four founding leaders of the Taliban, first landed in Afghanistan via Kandahar airport on his way home. Kandahar is, in the words of the Taliban, their sacred place of origin.
Kandahar was a key base for the Taliban until the US-led invasion of the country 20 years ago.