Video: Mullah Baradar endorses Taliban leadership resides in Pakistan


KABUL: For the first time, a senior Taliban leader has endorsed in a video that the insurgent group’s leaders reside inside Pakistan, where their wounded fighters are being treated as well. 
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar and deputy head of the group, appeared in the video that went viral on social media where he said they went to Pakistan out of necessity. 
Although the video’s exact date and location aren’t ascertained, some media outlets said it’s a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, where wounded Taliban are being treated. 
In the video, Baradar addresses Taliban fighters wounded in the Afghan war, admitting that their treatment isn’t possible in Afghanistan. 
“They [Pakistan] have done many things to us… but we are still forced to come here because there are no limited people here; our leadership is here.” 
Bardar’s statement is a veiled reference to his arrest by Pakistani authorities in Karachi in 2010. He was released in 2018 when official talks between the US and the Taliban initiated. 
“When we conduct partial or general negotiations there (Doha), we share the whole process with the leaders and the Ulema council here. We receive back their guidance and act upon it,” he added. 
However, Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, expressed unawareness about the video’s origin and date.  
Meanwhile, the deputy head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, Haji Din Mohammad, while reacting to this gathering, said, “They were already there, but now they have confessed it. For this reason, the role of Pakistan has been critical in the process.” 
This comes as there have been constant statements by the Afghan government blaming Pakistan for giving sanctuary to the Taliban and inciting the group against Afghans.