Taliban leader among 100 most influential people in the world; List of TIME Magazines under discussion

TIME Magazine 2021 has published a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. But, there is one name on this list that has surprised everyone. Mulla Abdul Gani Bardar, the deputy prime minister in the new Taliban government and the main leader of the Doha talks, has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Mullah Bardar had led the Taliban for talks with the US during the peace deal.

Baradar was a key figure in the Taliban when US Special Envoy for Afghan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad formally signed the peace agreement in Doha in February 2020. Time magazine identifies Baradar as a quiet, mysterious person. It said Mullah Bardar had taken a number of key decisions, including pardoning members of the former regime, preventing bloodshed when the Taliban entered Kabul, and making contacts and visits with neighboring China and Pakistan. Bardar is one who rarely gives public statements or interviews

Describing Afghanistan as the ‘basis of the future’

Bardar was arrested by Pakistani security forces in 2010 and released in 2018. At the time, US efforts to leave Afghanistan had gained momentum. However, despite being a co-founder of the Taliban and playing a top role in negotiations with the United States, Baradar is said to have been given a relatively small place in the caretaker government. Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid has described Mullah Bardar as the “basis of Afghanistan’s future” in Time magazine.

Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Adar Poonawala are also included

The list, released by Time magazine, also includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Adar Poonawala of the Serum Institute of India. The list also includes Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prince Harry and Megan, US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former US President Donald Trump.

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