Baradar, who was released from a prison in Pakistan in October last year, has been authorised to lead the political team and take decisions.
Baradar was brought in to “strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States.” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. “Multiple changes have also taken place in the military and civilian departments” of the group, “so that the ongoing jihadi process and political efforts can develop positively,” he added.
The duration of the talks, described as "unprecedented" by analysts, has raised hopes of an imminent agreement that could pave the way to peace talks.
Afghan officials, who have complained previously about being cut out of the talks, also warned that any agreement would need their endorsement.
Baradar, formerly a number two of the Islamist group, helped Mullah Omar, who died in 2013, to found the Taliban movement.
Tolo News, quoting sources familiar with the Qatar talks, said the US and Taliban have inched closer towards sealing an agreement on some issues, including discussions on a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and a ceasefire.
It also quoted sources close to the Taliban as saying that they will not allow any group to stage attacks against other nations from Afghan territory.
Baradar, who coordinated the insurgent group’s military operations in southern Afghanistan, was arrested in 2010 by a team from Pakistan’s military-controlled intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, and the US' Central Intelligence Agency.
His release, according to security experts, was part of high-level negotiations led by Khalilzad with the Taliban.
Newly appointed Baradar will also hold the additional post of third deputy of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of Taliban, and work with Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, a veteran Taliban official who has been running the group’s political office in Qatar since 2015 and has participated in the latest rounds of peace talks.
The US invaded Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to topple the Taliban, who were harboring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The Taliban have staged a comeback in recent years and today hold sway over nearly half the country.
Pakistan has long had influence over the Taliban, and the senior leadership of the group is widely believed to be based there. Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, said it had “facilitated” the ongoing negotiations in Qatar and that Pakistani officials were attending the latest talks.
The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a US puppet. Earlier this week, a Taliban assault on a military base run by the intelligence service killed dozens of people.
The Taliban’s demands include the full withdrawal of NATO forces and the release of prisoners. In return, the Taliban have said they will not allow Afghan territory to be used for attacks on the US or other countries.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||331.78||332.48|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.08||35.45|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.19||176.18|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs199,500 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs171,040.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Karachi||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Islamabad||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Peshawar||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Quetta||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Sialkot||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Attock||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Gujranwala||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Jehlum||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Multan||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Gujrat||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Nawabshah||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Chakwal||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Hyderabad||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Nowshehra||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Sargodha||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Faisalabad||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|
|Mirpur||PKR 199,500||PKR 2,340|