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Sana Ramachand, a Pakistani woman has created history by becoming the first Hindu woman in the nation to pass the prestigious Central Superior Services (CSS) examination. She has been selected for the elite Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS), becoming the first Hindu Pakistani woman to do so.  Sana Ramachand hails from a rural area of Shikarpur […]

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Sana Ramachand, a Pakistani woman has created history by becoming the first Hindu woman in the nation to pass the prestigious Central Superior Services (CSS) examination. She has been selected for the elite Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS), becoming the first Hindu Pakistani woman to do so. 

Sana Ramachand hails from a rural area of Shikarpur district in Sindh province where there is the largest Hindu population in Pakistan. An MBBS doctor, Sana is one of 221 candidates who cleared the CSS exam. Taking to Twitter, Ramachand shared the news, writing, “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh” and added “I’m pleased to share that by the grace of ALLAH ALMIGHTY, I have cleared the CSS 2020 and been allocated to PAS. All credit goes to my parents.” 

The pass percentage of CSS exams this year was 2 percentage, reported news agency PTI. The Pakistan Administrative Services is the top of the groups followed by Pakistan Police Services and Foreign Services of Pakistan and others. Those who are allotted PAS become Assistant Commissioners and are later promoted to District Commissioners. 

According to BBC Urdu, Ramachand is the first Hindu woman to clear CSS and get selected for PAS. 

Ramachand, who did her MBBS from Chandka Medical College in Sindh province, and is currently doing FCPS from Sindh Institute of Urology and Transparent. 

People from different spectrums congratulated Sana as Senior leader of Pakistan People Party, Farhatullah Babar, wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations to Dr Sana Ramchand. She has done proud the Hindu community of Pakistan, indeed the whole country.”


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107-year-old Japanese sisters set Guinness World Record for being world’s oldest living identical twins https://theeasternlink.com/107-year-old-japanese-sisters-set-guinness-world-record-for-being-worlds-oldest-living-identical-twins/ https://theeasternlink.com/107-year-old-japanese-sisters-set-guinness-world-record-for-being-worlds-oldest-living-identical-twins/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:27:13 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/107-year-old-japanese-sisters-set-guinness-world-record-for-being-worlds-oldest-living-identical-twins/

Two sisters from Japan have set the world record for being the world’s oldest alive identical twins. The two Japanese sisters, who are 107 and 330 days old, have been certified by the Guinness World Records for the same, the organization stated. The two sisters were commemorated with this honour on Respect for the Aged […]

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Two sisters from Japan have set the world record for being the world’s oldest alive identical twins. The two Japanese sisters, who are 107 and 330 days old, have been certified by the Guinness World Records for the same, the organization stated.

The two sisters were commemorated with this honour on Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan. Sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama set the record for being the world’s oldest identical twins on September 1, 2021.

The Japanese twin sisters were born on Shodoshima Island in western Japan on Nov. 5, 1913. They were the third and fourth children out of their 11 siblings. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama broke the record on September 1, which was previously held by Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.

The elder population of Japan receives a lot of respect from the general citizens as the life expectancy in the country is the highest in the entire world. Japan is the world’s fastest aging nation, with around 29 percent of its population over the age of 65. Over 80,000 people in Japan are over 100 years old.

Recalling their own life experiences as young kids, sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama said that they were separated right after finishing elementary school. Kodama moved to the main island of Kyushu to work as a maid and later married while Sumiyana stayed home, raising her own family.

The twins were occupied with their own lives and rarely met for decades till they were over 70, after which they started to reconnected and making pilgrimage together to the Shikoku temples in the country. They often joked about outliving the previous record holders, who were affectionately known as “Kin-san” and “Gin-san”, their families said.

Guinness World Records mailed the certificates of their achievements to the Japanese twin sisters to separate nursing homes, keeping in mind the COVID restrictions in place in Japan.


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Baradar Hostage, Akhundzada’s Fate Unknown https://theeasternlink.com/baradar-hostage-akhundzadas-fate-unknown/ https://theeasternlink.com/baradar-hostage-akhundzadas-fate-unknown/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:38:00 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15510

Afghanistan’s deputy PM  Mullah Baradar is under detention at Kandahar , where he was removed by Taliban hardliners after a clash with the Haqqanis during discussions to form government earlier this month. “They are holding him hostage at a mosque in Kandahar , where commandos from Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) stand guard round the clock. Some of […]

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Afghanistan’s deputy PM  Mullah Baradar is under detention at Kandahar , where he was removed by Taliban hardliners after a clash with the Haqqanis during discussions to form government earlier this month.

“They are holding him hostage at a mosque in Kandahar , where commandos from Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) stand guard round the clock. Some of his family members are held hostage at home in Kabul ,” said a top Baradar aide, obviously unwilling to be identified .  

The aide was by Baradar’s side when he was attacked physically by Khalil ur Rehman Haqqani during the discussions over government formation . He is now in hiding somewhere in Kabul .

“Khalil launched an unprovoked attack on my boss (Baradar) when he made two suggestions. One, to fly the national flag of Afghanistan alongside the Taliban flag . Two, ensure enough minority representation in the national interim government. Baradar also suggested elections for forming a permanent government after tweaking the Afghan constitution and model it after Iran, the top aide said.

“Khalil accused Baradar of being an agent of US, India and Iran . His fisticuff took Baradar by surprise and guards of both leaders were involved in a brief shootout . Atleast six were killed on both sides and many were injured,” the top aide said. 

He said Pakistani commandos dressed in Taliban’s trademark Afghan salwarkameez “hijacked” Baradar and drove him to Kandahar where he is held in a mosque with minor injuries.

“The video of Baradar delivering an ‘all is well’ kind of message was an ISI brainchild, extracted by the SSG commandos under duress,” the aide said. 

He said Baradar was taken to Kandahar on the plea of meeting the Taliban spiritual supremo  Haibatullah Akhundzada  but he clarified to Easternlink  :” To the best of my knowledge , that meeting has not happened. Akhundzada’s whereabout are not known.”

That seems to have fuelled rumours of his possible death.  

The aide said Baradar was just allowed to meet some tribal elders to quell rumours of his death that had shaken many within the Taliban or those close to it .

“But moment Baradar seemed like organising the support of the elders in his favour, the Pakistani commandos shove him back to captivity in the old mosque in central Kandahar, ” the aide said.

Baradar’s removal allowed the Pakistan ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed dictate terms in government formation and allocating the crucial portfolio to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the UN designated terrorist with the highest bounty on his head,  was nothing short of a coup.  

Haqqani has since praised ” suicide bombers” during his select media interactions, belying all the earlier Taliban promises of not aiding terror activity on Afghan soil.  He is also spearheading an intensive search for Afghan special forces and NDS’ intelligence staffers , which the Taliban and Pakistan mark as a major threat.

Khalil ur Rahman Haqqani has openly supported the cause of global jihad. The support for global jihad and praise for suicide bombers has prompted some Afghanistan watchers to question the role of Taliban hardliners behind the Kabul airport explosions at the behest of ISI , which was now trying to spin a web around the IS Khorasan for ultimately using it for terror strikes in Kashmir.

” Hardliners like the Haqqani network may need the facade of something like the ISK to save the Taliban from accusations of backing terror elsewhere and the ISI gets its fig leaf to perpetuate mischief,” the Baradar aide told Easternlink.

Baradar was held in a Pakistani jail from 2010 to 2018 , eight long years. It is under US pressure through Qatar that he was finally released by Pakistan. Among the Taliban, he is the Afghan nationalist who is clearly unwilling to accept Pakistani domination. It is learnt he opposes the Durand line and Pakistan’s plans to fence it because that will prevent free movement of Pashtuns on either side of the border.

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Burmese Military Convoy bombed https://theeasternlink.com/burmese-military-convoy-bombed/ https://theeasternlink.com/burmese-military-convoy-bombed/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:35:31 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15505

Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said. The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since the military toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in February, sparking mass pro-democracy protests and a bloody crackdown by […]

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Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said.

The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since the military toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in February, sparking mass pro-democracy protests and a bloody crackdown by the military.

Various townships across Myanmar have formed so-called “people defence forces” to fight back against the junta, although the majority of clashes have been reported in rural areas.

Security forces were travelling through Khayan, a suburb of Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon on Friday when they were attacked with a homemade bomb, the junta said in a statement on Saturday.

“Both groups fired back and forth — a member of the security forces was injured,” the statement said, adding that firearms and ammunition were confiscated after the clash.

“Some terrorists were… (killed), one of them was wounded.”

Local media reported at least two dissidents were killed and one arrested.

Earlier this month a “National Unity Government” made up mostly of lawmakers affiliated with Suu Kyi’s ousted party called for a “people’s defensive war” and urged civilians to target junta assets.

Communications towers belonging to the military-owned Mytel company have been targeted across Myanmar.

Conflict has also intensified in the Sagaing and Magway regions, where locals this week accused the military of burning down homes and displacing thousands.

“The military has been crushing our region because of the local resistance forces,” a 25-year-old woman from Magway’s Gangaw township told AFP.

“I lost some of my friends… I am heartbroken because I had witnessed all their atrocities with my own eyes.”

Another Gangaw township resident said in one of its hardest-hit villages, Namg Kar, scores of homes have been razed since September 10 — a start-stop process over the past week as monsoon rains kept dousing the flames.

“They tried to burn down the whole village. But it was rainy season,” said the resident, adding that Namg Kar’s 4,000 residents have fled to a nearby jungle.

“They are afraid of the army as they could come back any time to the village,” he said.

Images obtained by AFP showed Namg Kar villagers carrying buckets of water as smoke rose in the distance, while remains of burnt foundations smouldered.

The junta has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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“Doing Business” Rankings A Sham : Reviews https://theeasternlink.com/doing-business-rankings-a-sham-reviews/ https://theeasternlink.com/doing-business-rankings-a-sham-reviews/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:33:00 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15502

Weeks before the World Bank scrapped its flagship Doing Business rankings following a damning independent probe, a group of external advisers recommended an overhaul of the rankings to limit countries’ efforts to “manipulate their scores.” An 84-page review, written by senior academics and economists, including the former Colombian finance minister, was published on the bank’s […]

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An 84-page review, written by senior academics and economists, including the former Colombian finance minister, was published on the bank’s website on Monday, about three weeks after it was submitted to World Bank chief economist Carmen Reinhart.

The World Bank on Thursday said it would cancel the “Doing Business” series on country business climates, citing internal audits and an independent probe that found senior World Bank leaders, including Kristalina Georgieva, who now heads the International Monetary Fund, pressured staff to alter data to favour China during her time as World Bank CEO.

Georgieva has strongly denied the findings.

The review published on Monday was written by a group assembled by the World Bank in December 2020, after a series of internal audits revealed data irregularities in reports on China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan.

It calls for a series of remedial actions and reforms to address the “methodological integrity” of the Doing Business report, citing what it called “a pattern of government efforts to interfere” with scoring for the reports in past years.

The experts faulted the Doing Business series for lack of transparency about the underlying data and questionnaires used to calculate the rankings, called for a firewall between the Doing Business team and other World Bank operations, and creation of a permanent, external review board.

“We have been informed of multiple cases where national governments have attempted to manipulate the DB scores by exerting pressure on individual contributors,” the report said, pointing to lawyers, accountants, or other professionals.

“World Bank staff mentioned several countries where they believe government officials have instructed contributors how to respond. And even in the absence of explicit government pressure, of course, the perceived threat of retaliation may influence the scores contributors report.”

The authors also called for the bank to stop selling consulting services to governments aimed at improving a country’s score, noting that they constituted an apparent conflict of interest.

“The World Bank should not simultaneously engage in scoring countries’ business environment while accepting payment to coach countries on how to improve their scores,” the authors wrote. The World Bank offered these “Reimbursible Advisory Services,” or RAS in a number of countries, including some of those implicated in the data manipulation investigation, such as China and Saudi Arabia, the review said.

In December 2020, the review said, one internal audit reported that bank management had pressured nine of 15 staff to manipulate data in the 2018 and 2020 issues of the Doing Business index, boosting Saudi Arabia to the “most reformed” spot globally and buoying the rankings of the United Arab Emirates and China, while dropping Azerbaijan from the top 10 rankings, the external advisers reported.

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Dilip Ghosh Replaced as WB BJP Chief https://theeasternlink.com/dilip-ghosh-replaced-as-wb-bjp-chief/ https://theeasternlink.com/dilip-ghosh-replaced-as-wb-bjp-chief/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:30:32 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15499

Kolkata: Two days after BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool, the boss of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh – known for frequent controversial comments – has been replaced. The 57-year-old has been made a national Vice President of the party in a wider reorganisation of its leadership. BJP’s MP from Balurghat in north Bengal, 41-year-old […]

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Kolkata: Two days after BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined the Trinamool, the boss of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh – known for frequent controversial comments – has been replaced.

The 57-year-old has been made a national Vice President of the party in a wider reorganisation of its leadership. BJP’s MP from Balurghat in north Bengal, 41-year-old Sukanta Majumdar has been asked to take over as the Bengal unit chief.

The reshuffle in the Bengal BJP comes two days after the party’s MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo switched sides.

Since the Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year in which the BJP had targeted 200 seats but got only 77, four MLAs have already returned to Trinamool.

Dr Majumdar, a professor of Botany who has risen through the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ranks, said, “Dilip Ghosh has steered BJP to its current position as a strong opposition party in Bengal. He has made a significant contribution to its growth. I hope to take the party forward from that point.”

Dilip Ghosh has congratulated Dr Majumdar. “Mr JP Nadda called this afternoon and said I am being moved to the national stage. I think this is a recognition of my work and contribution. I had also said BJP leadership in Bengal needs parivartan to meet the new demands of society and the party.”

But Mr Supriyo, After joining Trinamool on Saturday, publicly said Dilip Ghosh, infamous for outrageous and controversial statements, was to blame for the BJP’s debacle in the elections.

The most recent high-profile defection was of Mr Supriyo, a Union Minister till recently who contested the state polls unsuccessfully and then was benched from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

Before him, three MLAs – Biswajit Das, Tanmoy Ghosh, Soumen Roy – jumped to the Trinamool in the last one month within six days.

Earlier, in June, former Trinamool strategist Mukul Roy who joined BJP in 2017 and won from the Krishnanagar Uttar Assembly seat in April, returned to mothership Trinamool.

The reverse defections have fanned murmurs within the BJP about the induction of a number of turncoats from the Trinamool ahead of the polls.

Courtesy – NDTV

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Bangladesh Boost To Hilsa Exports to India https://theeasternlink.com/bangladesh-boost-to-hilsa-exports-to-india/ https://theeasternlink.com/bangladesh-boost-to-hilsa-exports-to-india/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:28:08 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15496

The commerce ministry today gave go-ahead to 52 companies to export 2,080 tonnes of hilsa fish to India by October 10 this year, as the Indian government wanted this special variety of fish from Bangladesh ahead of the Durga Puja, a religious festival for Hindu people. “We have selected 52 local companies to ship 40 […]

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The commerce ministry today gave go-ahead to 52 companies to export 2,080 tonnes of hilsa fish to India by October 10 this year, as the Indian government wanted this special variety of fish from Bangladesh ahead of the Durga Puja, a religious festival for Hindu people.

“We have selected 52 local companies to ship 40 tonnes of hilsha each to India as they qualified for exporting the fish,” said Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh over phone.

“It is one kind of diplomatic move by the government as every year Bangladesh sends hilsha fish to India before the Durga Puja,” Ghosh said.

Last year, Bangladesh exported almost the same quantity of hilsha fish to India before the Durga Puja, he said.

The demand for hilsha fish is very high among the people of Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal for its special flavour. So, every year the Indian government urges Bangladesh to send hilsha fish to India ahead of the Puja.

Courtesy – southasianmonitor.net

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Suu Kyi Denies Junta Rumours https://theeasternlink.com/suu-kyi-denies-junta-rumours/ https://theeasternlink.com/suu-kyi-denies-junta-rumours/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:26:24 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15494

Myanmar’s detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has denied false reports that she didn’t accept armed resistance against the military regime by the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) and the People’s Defense Forces (PDFs). Last week, fake news circulated online by military supporters stated that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a message […]

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Myanmar’s detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has denied false reports that she didn’t accept armed resistance against the military regime by the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) and the People’s Defense Forces (PDFs).

Last week, fake news circulated online by military supporters stated that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a message to the public that she denounced the NUG and PDFs’ activities as terrorist acts—the same stand as the regime.

The report also falsely claimed the detained leader said armed resistance is not the right approach and that she wants a peaceful solution, and that she urged the public not to support the NUG and PDFs. The NUG was formed by elected lawmakers of the National League for Democracy chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with ethnic and civil society leaders, to rival the military junta after the Feb. 1 coup. PDFs were formed by local civilian resistance fighters to defend the junta’s offensives against civilians.

The false report came amid increasing attacks on the military regime and its assets by civilian resistance fighters following the parallel NUG’s Sept. 7 declaration of a nationwide defensive war against the junta.

And the fake report claimed the message was released by the detained leader through her legal team, which is currently the only link between her and the outside world.

Her legal team had previously rejected the reports, saying that no one on the team had been relayed any such information from the State Counselor. They said they asked her to comment on the false reports on Monday before her weekly trial hearing.

“When we told her about the report, she asked ‘Do people believe that?’ and added that ‘I would never say words which will dismay the public [or go] against their will,” U Khin Maung Zaw, one of her lawyers who was at the brief meeting with her on Monday before the court hearing, told The Irrawaddy.

Since her arrest, the leader has met with no outside persons and was only allowed to have a brief chat with her legal team for the first time on June 7, at the first hearing where she appeared in court in person.

The junta has brought a total of six charges against her including alleged violations of COVID-19 restrictions, possession of illegal walkie-talkies, sedition and breaching the Official Secrets Act. The military regime has also filed four corruption charges against her. She faces a potential prison sentence of 75 years.

U Khin Maung Zaw said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the team to point out that they were not being allowed to defend her in accordance with due legal process.

At Monday’s court hearing, public prosecutors applied to the court to present an additional witness, an official from the Ministry of Communications, and the defense objected.

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Chinese Realty Giant Stops Trading https://theeasternlink.com/chinese-realty-giant-stops-trading/ https://theeasternlink.com/chinese-realty-giant-stops-trading/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:23:43 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=15491

(Bloomberg) — Sinic Holdings Group Co. has halted trading after an 87% slump in its shares Monday afternoon. The Shanghai-based developer didn’t give any reason for the trading halt in Hong Kong. The sudden selloff in the last two hours leading up to the suspension was accompanied by a surge in trading volume that was […]

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(Bloomberg) — Sinic Holdings Group Co. has halted trading after an 87% slump in its shares Monday afternoon.

The Shanghai-based developer didn’t give any reason for the trading halt in Hong Kong. The sudden selloff in the last two hours leading up to the suspension was accompanied by a surge in trading volume that was about 14 times its average in the past year, according to Bloomberg-compiled data.

The company has a 9.5% $246 million bond due on Oct. 18 and Fitch Ratings revised its outlook to negative last week. The Monday share plunge has slashed its market value to just under $230 million, which is tiny for a listed developer in the city. An officer at the firm’s Hong Kong office said there’s no one to attend to media inquires.

“It’s the same story as everywhere else — investors are concerned about the liquidity,” said Philip Tse, director and head of Hong Kong and China property research at Bocom International Holdings Co Ltd. “I think there are most likely some margin calls on some of the major shareholders” by looking at Sinic’s stock price pattern this afternoon.

The move comes as Hong Kong’s property gauge dropped the most since May 2020 amid growing investor angst about China’s real estate crackdown and worries that Beijing may tighten grip on the city’s property sector in its “Common Prosperity” campaign.

Risk-off sentiment in financial markets was widespread on Monday. Junk-rated Chinese dollar bonds slid by as much as 2 cents. The Hong Kong dollar fell to the lowest level this month.

(Updates with market value in third paragraph)

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Rift in Taliban faction amid power struggle despite Afghanistan’s capture https://theeasternlink.com/rift-in-taliban-faction-amid-power-struggle-despite-afghanistans-capture/ https://theeasternlink.com/rift-in-taliban-faction-amid-power-struggle-despite-afghanistans-capture/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 05:16:25 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/rift-in-taliban-faction-amid-power-struggle-despite-afghanistans-capture/

Even though the Taliban has managed to capture Afghanistan and form a government, an internal rift between the faction has started emerging, according to media reports. Writing for The Spectator, David Loyn, said that Talian co-founder Mullah Baradar had expected to run the government but was instead given a deputy’s role. He wanted more roles […]

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Even though the Taliban has managed to capture Afghanistan and form a government, an internal rift between the faction has started emerging, according to media reports.

Writing for The Spectator, David Loyn, said that Talian co-founder Mullah Baradar had expected to run the government but was instead given a deputy’s role. He wanted more roles for Afghanistan’s many ethnic minorities in the government and has also argued that the green, red and black Afghan national flag should still be flown alongside the white Taliban flag.

“Tempers flared in a meeting in Presidential Palace in Kabul and spilled over into a fight between Baradar’s supporters and those of Khalil Haqqani. Some accounts said there was gunfire, although this has not been verified,” Loyn said.

Gunfire heard in Kabul earlier this month was actually a power struggle between two senior Taliban leaders – group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Afghan Taliban leader, Anas Haqqani, according to some accounts.

The incident took place over an alleged disagreement among the Taliban leaders on how to resolve the Panjshir situation.

The information about reported gunfight was shared through the unverified Twitter handle of Panjshir Observer, which describes itself as an independent news outlet covering Afghanistan and Panjshir.

Following the fight, Baradar disappeared for some days, resurfacing in Kandahar, where the group’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada is said to be based.

“While these very public disagreements have been played out, the whereabouts of the leader of the Taliban, Haibatullah Akhunzada, are not known. He has not been seen or heard from for some time, and there are many rumours that he is dead,” Loyn said.

“This vacuum at the top has allowed for arguments between the Taliban factions to erupt in a way that they did not when the Taliban were last in power, and the word of the leader of the movement Mullah Omar was law, even though he never came to Kabul. The titular head of the government formed earlier this month, Mullah Hassan Akhund, does not hold real power,” Loyn said, adding that “there is no one to rein in the Haqqani network, who are very much off-message in their public statements.”

It is been over a month when the Taliban captured Kabul after an aggressive and rapid advance against Afghanistan government forces after US military drawdown.

The country plunged into crisis last month after Kabul fell to the Taliban and the democratically elected government of former president Ashraf Ghani collapsed.

Loyn stated that it is difficult to predict how Pakistan will manage their new power in Afghanistan.

Pakistan intelligence chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed arrived in Kabul earlier this month leading a delegation of Pakistani officials. Hameed’s emergency visit affirms that the Taliban are merely an ISI puppet.

Pakistan and its notorious intelligence agency have been accused of supporting the Taliban in taking over Afghanistan.

Experts believe that Pakistan has been a key player in removing the elected Afghan government from power and establishing the Taliban as a decisive power in Afghanistan. 

Recently, a UN Monitoring report has said that a significant part of the leadership of Al-Qaida resides in Afghanistan and Pakistan border region.

Former Afghan Vice-President Amrullah Saleh has asserted that the Taliban are being micromanaged by Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency–the ISI, adding that Islamabad is in charge of the war-ravaged country effectively as a colonial power.


Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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