ays after the Taliban announced its interim government in Afghanistan, a major row was reported between its top leaders at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Supporters of the two rival factions in the Taliban got into an altercation at the Presidential Palace, the BBC reported. However, the Taliban have denied such reports.
The dispute within the group came to light after Taliban co-founder and deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar disappeared for days.
Sources told BBC Pashto that Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani – a minister in the new cabinet and top leader of the Haqqani network, indulged in a heated exchange of words after the fight between their followers.
It has been reported that the fight stemmed from division over who should take credit for the victory in Afghanistan.
While Baradar believes it is because of diplomacy by people like him, Haqqani is of the view that the victory was achieved through fighting.
Soon after the fallout, it speculated that Baradar has died, but Taliban sources refuted the claim.
Baradar released an audio statement on Monday saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media.
“There had been news in the media about my death. Over the past few nights, I have been away on trips. Wherever I am at the moment, we are all fine, all my brothers and friends,” Baradar said in the clip.
“Media always publish fake propaganda. Therefore, bravely reject all those lies, and I 100 percent confirm to you there is no issue and we have no problem.”
BBC reported that Baradar was expected to return to Kabul and is expected to appear on camera to deny that any argument had happened.