Taliban announces interim government: Mullah Hassan Akhund appointed chief.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announces his government’s interim cabinet in Afghanistan after a nearly three-week wait.  Zabihullah Mujahid announced the new cabinet at a press conference at the Government Media Center in Kabul.

Zabihullah Mujahid while announcing the cabinet said that Muhammad Hassan Akhund will be the head of state. He is one of Mullah Omar’s closest associates and had previously served as head of the Taliban’s Shura. He is one of the four people who founded the Tehreek-e-Taliban. While Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy head of state. Zabihullah Mujahid said on the occasion that the country needs to work in every sector. He said that the Islamic Emirate had decided to announce a caretaker cabinet to work in the necessary sectors.

In the announced Afghan cabinet, Maulvi Muhammad Yaqub will be the Minister of Defense and Sirajuddin Haqqani will be the Minister of Interior. Zabihullah Mujahid will be the Deputy Information Minister in the new cabinet. Qari Fasih Badakhshani has been appointed Army Chief. After the withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban led by Qari Fasih conquered the northern provinces. The last centre of resistance, Panjshir, was also conquered under the leadership of Qari Fasih

Apart from them, Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi will be the Foreign Minister, Mullah Hidayat Badri will be the Finance Minister, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa will be the Information Minister, Qari Din Mohammad will be the Economy Minister, Maulvi Noor Mohammad Saqib will be the Hajj and Endowment Minister and Maulvi Abdul Hakim will be the Justice Minister.

Details of other members of the Afghan cabinet are as follows: Mullah Noorullah Noori Minister for Tribal Affairs, Sheikh Mohammad Khalid Minister for Invitation and Guidance, Haji Mohammad Issa Weser Petroleum, Mullah Hamidullah Akhundzada Weser Transport, Maulvi Najibullah Haqqani Minister for Intelligence, Haji Mohammad Idrees Patron Afghanistan Bank, Sher Mohammad Abbas will be the Assistant Foreign Minister. 

“No one’s intervention in Afghanistan is acceptable. We have finally won the 20-year struggle against the US intervention in Afghanistan. No one is interfering in our affairs. This is just propaganda for 20 years,” the Taliban spokesman said.

On this occasion, Zabihullah Mujahid said, “As we have seen, the country was in crisis and the people were waiting for an institution to solve the problems of the people.” That is why the leadership of the Islamic Emirate decided to announce the cabinet.

Muhammad Asim