Taliban present new Afghan government

18:38, 07 September 2021
Taliban present new Afghan government Photo: Wikimedia

The group has given a press conference in Kabul designating new officials of the country.

The Taliban* appointed Mullah Hasan Akhund as the head of Afghanistan's new government, while co-founder of the movement Abdul Ghani Baradar who was the head of the group’s political office, will become a deputy.

Sarajuddin Haqqani is going to take the post of the country’s Interior Minister. He is the son Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder and fromer leader of the Haqqani network which joined the Taliban in 1995. The branch was proclaimed terrorist organization by the US in 2012.

Sarajuddin, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head, is currently the network’s leader. Khalil Haqqani, Jalaluddin's brother and Sarajuddin's uncle, was appointed as acting minister for refugees. The bounty promised for his head is twice as small as Sarajuddin's. 

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Mohammed Omar, the founder of the movement, has been named as Defense minister.

The announcement was made by the main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid for the group during a press conference on Tuesday.

"Our government won't be based on ethnicity. We will not allow this type of politics."

The Taliban representatives have also promised to secure women's rights, provide access to education and not to marginalize them. However, no woman was introduced to the new government or even participated in negotiations. 

The group has also declared the country "Islamic Emirate". 

The role of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the recent leader of the movement, has not been specified. There was no news about him since the group had taken control of the country and captured the capital.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.