New Delhi: The Taliban on Tuesday announced a new government in Afghanistan, with Mullah Hassan Akhund as the government’s leader.
Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led negotiations with the United States and signed the deal that led to the eventual withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan, and Mullah Abdus Salaam as Akhund in the new Taliban regime. There will be two representatives.
The Taliban also unveiled an all-male interim cabinet for Afghanistan that stalwarts of its harsh regime since the 1990s and a 20-year battle against a US-led coalition. The cabinet had few well-known faces and the latest reports included at least three UN-designated terrorists, as noted by Reuters.
Mulla Hassan Akhund – Prime Minister
Mullah Hassan Akhund, who is designated as prime minister of the caretaker government, was foreign minister and then deputy prime minister when the Taliban was in power and, like many subsequent cabinets, was recognized by the United Nations for his role in that government. are subject to restrictions. , Reuters reports.
He is also said to have had close links with the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, who presided over its rule two decades ago.
Akhund is the long-time head of the Rehbari Shura, or Leadership Council, the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – Deputy Prime Minister
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the movement’s political office, who was given his name de guere “brother”, or Baradar by Mullah Omar, was appointed as Akhund’s deputy, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s chief spokesman, in Kabul. in a press conference, Reuters said.
He served as deputy defense minister when the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan.
After the fall of the Taliban government, Baradar served as a senior military commander responsible for attacks on coalition forces, a UN sanctions notice said, Reuters reports.
Serajuddin Haqqani – Interior Minister
Appointed as Interior Minister was Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $5 million bounty on his head and is believed to still hold at least one American hostage. He led the Haqqani network, which is accused of several deadly attacks and kidnappings, the AP reports.
The FBI’s official website states that Haqqani is believed to have resided in Pakistan, specifically in the Miram Shah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, area. He is reportedly a senior leader of the Haqqani network and has close ties with the Taliban and al Qaeda. The FBI says Haqqani is a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
The Taliban have previously said they want to form an inclusive government. However, all cabinet ministers announced on Tuesday are already established Taliban leaders and no women were involved.
Afghanistan’s National Resistance Front (NRF) said in a statement that it “considers the announcement of the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet to be illegal and a clear indication of the group’s enmity with the Afghan people”.
Meanwhile, the United States said late Tuesday that it is concerned about the “affiliation and track record” of some of the people nominated by the Taliban to fill top positions in Afghanistan’s new government. A US State Department spokesman issued a statement reiterating the expectation that the Taliban “ensure that Afghan soil is not used to threaten any other countries and allow humanitarian access to support the Afghan people.” gives”, as noted in the Reuters report.