WASHINGTON: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – deputy prime minister in the Taliban’s newly announced caretaker government and the top figure in the Doha deal – has been named among the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time magazine.
Mullah Baradar led the Taliban in negotiations with the US during the peace deal. Baradar is considered to be a quiet, secretive man who rarely gives public statements. He represents a more moderate current within the Taliban.
In February 2020, when the US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad officially signed the peace deal in Doha, Baradar was the chief face of the Taliban.