Mullah Abdul Ghani was born in 1968 in the Uruzgan province and raised in Kandahar.
Baradar is one of four men, including Mullah Omar, who founded the Taliban movement in 1994. He served in several key positions when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001.
“Baradar is a highly experienced military commander and keen political strategist and played a major role in organizing the insurgency in its formative years,” Kate Clark, member of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
In the 1980s, like many young men of the time, Baradar was part of the Afghan Mujahideen who fought against the Soviet Union invasion. After the Russians were driven out, a civil war ensued in the country, known as the graveyard of empires.
It was then that Baradar, along with his brother-in-law Mullah Mohammed Omar, co-founded the Taliban in 1994. They established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan within two years.
Baradar, then the deputy minister of defense, controlled Taliban’s funds, and played a key role in the several wars that inflicted Afghanistan. After the 9/11 attack and US’ subsequent invasion that toppled the Islamist regime in 2001, Baradar emerged as “a linchpin of the insurgency”,
He maintained a low-profile for almost a decade before finding his way to the headlines in 2010 when he was arrested by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in a joint US-Pakistan operation. But after Donald Trump took over as US president, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was released in 2018, “based on the belief that he would settle for a power-sharing arrangement”,
Despite his military activities, Baradar was reportedly behind several attempts to begin peace talks, specifically in 2004 and 2009, and widely seen as a potentially key part of a negotiated peace deal.
In February 2020, Baradar signed the agreement on the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan on behalf of the Taliban.
Now Mullah Abdul Ghani, Likely to be Afghanistan’s New President. Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban Deputy Leader freed from a Pakistani jail on the request of the US less than three years ago, has emerged as an undisputed victor of the 20-year war.