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Taliban leader on Time’s list of 100 most influential people

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Time on Wednesday released its annual list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2021’, a global list of leaders that includes US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan, and former US President Donald Trump.

Baradar has been listed as the most influential under the category of leaders which also includes Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.

“When the Taliban swept to victory in August in Afghanistan, it was on the terms Baradar negotiated. He was said to be making all the major decisions, including the amnesty offered to members of the former regime, the lack of bloodshed when the Taliban entered Kabul and the regime’s contacts and visits with neighbouring states, especially China and Pakistan,” the magazine wrote eulogising the Taliban leader.

“Now he stands as the fulcrum for the future of Afghanistan. In the interim Taliban Government, he was made a Deputy Prime Minister, the top role given to another leader more acceptable to the younger, more hard-line generation of Taliban commanders,” it said.

Quiet and secretive Baradar represents a moderate face of the Taliban, the one “that will be thrust into the limelight to win Western support and desperately needed financial aid”, it said. – THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

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