The Taliban on Tuesday unveiled a hardline interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, with a key role being shared by high-profile members of the insurgent group, including a notable part of the dreaded Haqqani network, as interior minister. designated global terrorists. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be Akhund’s deputy in the “new Islamic government”.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Molvi Nurullah Munir, who has been appointed education minister of the Taliban, has said that master’s degrees and PhDs are no longer valuable in the country. The Education Minister has said that Mullahs do not have so many degrees and yet they are the greatest.
A video of Sheikh Molvi Nurullah Munir is now being widely shared on Twitter, in which he is seen talking about education policy and master’s degree and PhD.
“It’s the Taliban’s higher education minister – say, not a PhD degree, a master’s degree is valuable today. You see the mullahs in power and the Taliban don’t even have PhDs, MAs or high school degrees, but all The greatest of all,” he says in the video.
The announcement of the interim government in Afghanistan comes days after Lt Gen Hameed, Director General of Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), left for Kabul last week on an unannounced visit.
It was previously reported that the new government in Kabul would be on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group’s top religious leader Mullah Hebatullah as Afghanistan’s supreme authority. However, it is not yet clear what role Mullah Hebatullah will play in the new government.
Co-education banned in Afghanistan
Earlier in August, Taliban officials in the restive Herat province announced a ban on co-education in government and private universities, calling it the “root of all evil in society”. It was the first fatwa issued by the Taliban since the swift capture of Afghanistan last week.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a longtime spokesman for the Taliban, in his first public appearance even promised that the Taliban would respect women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law.
During a three-hour meeting of university professors and owners of private educational institutions, Mullah Farid, the Taliban representative and head of higher education, Afghanistan, said there was no alternative and that co-education should end.
He also said that virtuous female lecturers would be allowed to teach only female students, but not men.
The report said that Farid described co-education as the “root of all evil in the society”.
Over the past two decades, Afghanistan has implemented a mixed system of co-education and gender-based segregated classes in all universities and institutions.
Academics said government universities would not be affected by the decision but private institutions would struggle with the already small number of female students.
According to official estimates, Herat has 40,000 students and 2,000 lecturers in private and government universities and colleges.