Mullah Hidayatullah Badri, the finance minister in the Taliban government, has resigned from his post over disagreements with Taliban leader Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, according to the Amo Afghan channel.
A channel based in the United States and run by Afghan journalists cited two informed sources as saying that “Hidayatullah Badri, the Taliban’s finance minister, has resigned from his post.”
Taliban deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi and finance ministry spokesman Ahmed Wali Hakmal were reported to have declined to respond to the station’s calls for comment on the resignation.
Hedayat Badri, known among the Taliban as Gul Agha Ishak Zai, was a close associate of Mullah Muhammad Omar, the late founder of the Taliban.
Born in Kandahar, a stronghold of the movement, Badri reportedly controlled the Taliban’s financial resources for years, was responsible for providing their fighters with military equipment, and became one of the most powerful and influential figures in the ranks of the movement.
Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of Afghanistan’s national security, told the TV channel that the differences between the Taliban and Badri leaders arose after the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar and the replacement of Mullah Muhammad Akhtar Mansour as leader of the movement.
He reported that “a number of Taliban leaders refused to appoint Mullah Muhammad Akhtar Mansour as leader because they believed he was involved in the assassination of Mullah Omar”, noting that “Badri was instrumental in appointing Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour as Mullah Muhammad Omar’s successor in Ministry of Finance”.