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Brother of former Afghan president swears allegiance to the Taliban

Brother of former Afghan president swears allegiance to the Taliban

Kabul, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Hashamt Ghani Ahmadzai, the brother of former Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, joined the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday, swearing allegiance to the armed group, The Khaama Press agency revealed.

Hashamt Ghani, who is head of the Kuchi (nomadic) Grand Council in Afghanistan, did not hold any official position during Ashraf Ghani’s eight years in office.

In a video broadcast of the ceremony, Hashamt Ghani swears allegiance to Khalil-ur-Rahman, a key member of the Taliban.

Earlier, Afghan provincial governors and national police commanders also pledged to cooperate with the armed group that has controlled the country since its inception.

Taliban leaders did not fill the political vacuum in the country yet. However, they assured to be conducting negotiations in that regard.

Meanwhile, the co-founder of the Taliban Movement and chief negotiator of the group, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is in Kabul to discuss with Afghan political leaders the formation of the new government.

The latest meetings held after the insurgents entered Kabul were informal, the head of the Islamic fundamentalist political-military faction Hezb-e-Islami, Gulabadin Hekmatyar, explained, according to TOLO news channel.

The Taliban expressed interest in establishing an inclusive and broad-based government in Afghanistan, the veteran jihadist leader stated, Pajhwok news agency indicated.


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