Mullah Baradar Of The Taliban Is One Of Time's 100 Most Influential People For 2021
During the peace talks, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar headed the Taliban in negotiations with the US. Baradar is thought to be a quiet, reclusive individual who rarely speaks in public. Within the Taliban, he represents a more moderate faction.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's freshly declared caretaker government's deputy prime minister and the deal's leading figure, has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2021.
During the peace talks, Mullah Baradar led the Taliban in negotiations with the US. Baradar is thought to be a quiet, reclusive individual who rarely speaks in public. Within the Taliban, he represents a more moderate faction. When US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad signed the peace pact in Doha in February 2020, Baradar was the Taliban's public face.
It was on Baradar's conditions that the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan recently. TIME magazine reported that he was in charge of all significant decisions, including the amnesty granted to former regime members, the lack of carnage when the Taliban took Kabul, and the regime's ties and visits with neighbouring countries, particularly China and Pakistan.
In 2010, Baradar was arrested in Pakistan by the country's security forces and released in 2018 when the US intensified efforts to leave Afghanistan.
However, despite being the co-founder of the Taliban and having played a top role in negotiations with the US, it's believed that Baradar has been given a relatively lower position in the caretaker government.