Kabul. The relatively unknown Mullah Hassan Akhund will be the new head of Afghanistan’s interim government. A leader who has been blacklisted by the United NationsSeveral important ministries, including the Taliban, made the disclosure on Tuesday.
It is a government that currently has no women and whose members all belong to an Islamist formation, although today he promised that “this cabinet will be more inclusive” with future appointments.
Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, considered Afghanistan’s new spiritual supreme head, confirmed this following the announcement that the Islamic Emirate’s government, as the Taliban themselves call it, works to uphold Islamic law while protecting human rights within the framework of Islam. Will do
Mullah Hassan Akhund will be the new head of the Asian country’s interim government, the Taliban’s chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, revealed at a news conference in Kabul today.
A source in the commission told Efe that Akhund, less publicly known than other Taliban leaders who have been appointed to head important ministries, is one of the founding members and has been involved in two decades of radical formation. is on the Board of Directors. , which requested anonymity.
He originally hails from the southern province of Kandahar, which he initially led as governor between 1996 and 2001 during the Taliban regime, the source said.
Mullah later served as deputy director of the Council of Ministers and later as deputy foreign minister and, like other Taliban leaders, remained on the blacklist of the United Nations.
The source concluded, “He is a shrewd and experienced leader.”
The Taliban’s chief spokesman on Tuesday put forward about twenty names that would be part of the interim government that the insurgents captured Kabul on August 15 at the end of a rapid offensive during the final withdrawal of US and NATO troops. .
The Provisional Executive will have two deputy heads of the Cabinet of Ministers, the first of them being Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
The 53-year-old Taliban leader is a co-founder of the Taliban militia and was considered the right-hand man of the insurgent movement’s founding leader, Mullah Omar.
Baradar played a key role in talks with the United States in Qatar, which culminated in a historic agreement in February 2020 that set the date for the final withdrawal of foreign troops.
Afghanistan’s new interior minister will be Sirajuddin Haqqani, 48, who will head one of the most dangerous insurgent groups in Afghanistan: the Haqqani Network, founded by his father Jalaluddin Haqqani in the 1980s to fight Soviet aggression.
The Mujahid also announced that Mullah Yakub, the son of the rebel movement’s founder and currently the group’s military chief, would become acting defense minister.
The spokesman clarified that this is an “interim government”, although the Taliban have given some clues about the future political process in Afghanistan.
Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is considered the new spiritual overlord of Afghanistan, although not yet officially, said in a statement that The interim government’s mission will be to “work hard to uphold Islamic rules and Sharia (Islamic law) in the country”.
Akhundzada also promised that the government would take “decisive and effective steps to protect human rights and minority rights” within the framework of Islam.
Also within the framework of Sharia, the strict interpretation of which the Taliban forbade women from work or school, the government would provide “a healthy and safe environment for religious and modern science to all compatriots”.
The Taliban’s announcement comes on the same day hundreds of Afghans, many of whom were women, demonstrated in various places in Afghanistan to show their support for resistance against the insurgents and to criticize Pakistan’s alleged military aid to Islamist formations.
In Kabul, hundreds of women and men took to the streets with flags and banners to demand “freedom” to show their support for the National Resistance Front (NRF) in the northern province of Panjshir, A day after the Taliban declared victory over this last opposition stronghold in the country.
The protests resulted in the arrests of protesters and journalists, and reports of attacks by rebels.
A Taliban spokesman said after government members announced that “now is not the time to demonstrate.”
“The protests that are taking place at present are illegal (…) and we ask the media not to cover up the illegal demonstrations. Today’s protesters are rioters,” he concluded.