Afghan Taliban appoint Pakistani released prisoner "Mullah Baradar" as Chief of Taliban Qatar Office

Afghan Taliban appoint Pakistani released prisoner

ISLAMABAD - Afghan Taliban has appointed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Pakistan jail released prisoner, the co-founder of Taliban, as head of Taliban’s Qatar office.

Baradar has also been appointed as the third deputy of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of Taliban.

According to sources, Taliban leadership also appointed new heads for a number of the group’s commissions and appointed new shadow governors for a number of provinces.

Taliban have not officially confirmed the new changes.

However, TOLOnews received a copy of a document that shows the decision of Taliban’s leadership team to appoint Baradar as head of their Qatar office.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai had been head of the Qatar office.

Baradar was released from a Pakistan prison in October last year.

Baradar, also known as Mullah Baradar Akhund or Mullah Brother, is a co-founder of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. He was Mullah Mohammed Omar, the founding leader of the Taliban’s deputy.

Omar’s death was confirmed in October 2016.

Baradar was captured in Pakistan by a team of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and US’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in February 2010.