KABUL: In a major development coming out of Afghanistan, Taliban finally announced their interim government on Tuesday. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the founding members of the Taliban influence on religious side of things was named the prime minister, while the Taliban’s chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada will be declared as the “supreme leader”. Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, has been named the defense minister and Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is in the FBI’s “most wanted” list was named the interior minister.
Although it’s not major surprise, no woman was named as a minister in the Taliban’s new cabinet, which again contradicts the point which was promised by the Taliban when they captured Kabul; that this time the group will give “key roles” to the women in the Taliban’s new regime.
The new Taliban government (interim) is made up of leadership drawn entirely from its rank, despite group’s former promises to form a “inclusive cabinet”. Many of the senior members of Taliban’s new cabinet have been sanctioned by the United Nations, which again will create huge hurdle for the Taliban to have a international recognition and diplomacy.
After the Taliban announced the interim government, A spokesperson for the US state department released a statement giving clarity over the expectation that the “Taliban should ensure that Afghan soil is not used to threaten any other countries and allow humanitarian access in support of Afghan people”.
Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, in his first public statement since August 15, after Taliban captured Kabul said the Taliban were committed to all international laws, treaties and commitments not in conflict with the Islamic law.
“In the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia,” he said in a statement, in which he also applauded and congratulated Afghans for what he called the country’s liberation from the foreign rule.