Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant-General Faiz Hameed arrived in Kabul this morning, leading a delegation of senior Pakistani officials.

Gen Faiz Hameed is in Kabul to hold talks with the Taliban’s top leadership, including Mullah Baradar, who is tipped to head the Taliban’s future government.

Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political office, will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions in the government, three sources said.


“All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,” one Taliban official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.

Taliban forces have taken full control of Afghanistan, including the Panjshir Valley where opposition forces had been holding out, three Taliban sources said on Friday as heavy celebratory gunfire was heard in the Afghan capital.