Taliban Announce Acting Gov, Mullah Hassan as PM with Mostly old Stalwarts & the Most Wanted Haqqani as Minister Interior

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) greets Afghan Foreign Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund in Islamabad August 25. Akhund arrived on Tuesday with an 18-member delegation for a four-day official visit to Pakistan, aimed at talks on bilateral issues and the Afghan Transit Trade to the land-locked Afghanistan through Pakistan.
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    Kabul; 07 Sep 2021 – Taliban of Afghanistan has announced acting government in contrary to speculations that the government will be formed on 09 Sep to mark the historic Nine Eleven day that was beginning of fall of Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Most of the members in the government are old stalwarts.

    A spokesman for the militants said that Mullah Hasan Akhund will be acting prime minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, Mullah Yaqoob will be acting defense minister and Amir Khan Muttaqi will be acting foreign minister.

    Mulla Abdul Ghani Barather was at the top in the news to be head of the government but he has become as deputy of Mullah Hassan Akhund. Mawlawi Hibatullah is  absent in the new set up to the astonishment of many analysts.

    Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced who will be appointed to key government posts as the group assumes complete power over Afghanistan.

    Despite claims they would rule differently to the group’s repressive regime in the 1990s, the list was filled with mostly old guard stalwarts.

    In a statement released later on Tuesday, the Taliban’s supreme leader said the new government would be guided by Islamic Sharia law as interpreted by their fundamentalist ideology.

    A spokesman for the militants said that Mullah Hasan Akhund will be acting prime minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, Mullah Yaqoob will be acting defense minister and Amir Khan Muttaqi will be acting foreign minister.

    Aljazeera reports that Mullah Akhund is on a UN sanctions list and is the longtime head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body Rehbari Shura, or leadership council. He was previously the foreign minister and then deputy prime minister during the Taliban’s last stint in power from 1996-2001.

    DW reports that Akhund has been the leader of the Taliban’s leadership council for decades. Yaqoob is the son of Taliban founder Mohammed Omar. Haqqani is the scion of a powerful family and leader of the brutal and powerful Haqqani network, which has become a suborganization of the Taliban in its own right. Muttaqi is an established part of the group’s diplomacy apparatus, representing the Islamist organization at UN-brokered peace negotiations.

    The Taliban has not elaborated on how long the caretaker government will last, and did not mention plans to hold elections.

    The list did not appear to include any non-Taliban figures, which had been demanded by the international community.

    The Taliban also reportedly disbanded the Ministry for Women’s Affairs, days after violently clamping down on woman-led protests against curbs to their freedoms under Taliban rule.

    There are also no women in the new power structure, something protesters in Kabul had been calling for as women fear losing their hard-won rights.

    Also suspiciously absent, Afghan journalist Ali Latifi told DW, is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is “the leader of the Taliban as far as we know.” Latifi said the omission gives credence to the rumors that the militant group’s supreme leader since 2016 is dead, despite assurances from the Taliban to the contrary.

    Hasan Akhund as the ‘acting’ PM in the new Afghan government.

    Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Mullah Abdus Salam will be his deputies.

    Amir Khan Muttaqi will be the Foreign Minister.

    Abas Stanikzai will be the acting deputy Foreign Minister.

    Mullah Yaqoob will be the Defense Minister.

    Sarajuddin Haqqani will be the Interior Minister.

    Amir Khan Muttaqi will be the Foreign Minister.

    Acting Minister of Economy: Qari Din Hanif

    Acting Minister for Hajj amd Religious Affairs: Mawlawi Noor Mohammad Saqib

    Acting Minister of Justice: Mawlawi Abdul Hakim Sharie

    Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs: Mullah Noorullah Noori

    Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development: Mullah Mohammad Younus Akhundzada

    Acting Minister of Public Work: Mullah Abdul Manan Omari

    Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum: Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund

    Acting Minister of Water and Energy: Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor

    Acting Minister of Civil Aviation and Transport: Mullah Hamidullah Akhundzada

    Acting Minister of Higher Education: Abdul Baqi Haqqani

    Acting Minister of Telecommunication: Najibullah Haqqani

    Acting Minister of Refugees: Khalilurahman Haqqani

    Acting Director of Intelligence: Abdul Haq Wasiq

    Acting Director of the Central Bank: Haji Mohammad Idris

    Acting Director of the Administrative Office of the President: Ahmad Jan Ahmady

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