Mullah Hassan Akhund, a close aide of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, will be the caretaker prime minister of Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, has been appointed deputy prime minister. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced the formation of an interim government in the country at a press conference here on Tuesday. The new government has given prominence to the top leaders of the Taliban who fought for two decades against the US coalition forces and the government of Afghanistan.
However, it is not clear what the role of Taliban head Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada in the interim government. The Taliban had said in the past that Akhundzada would be the supreme leader of the new government. Mujahid said that at present these appointments have been made for the interim government. Mullah Hassan Akhund, who was appointed prime minister, belongs to Kandahar and is one of the founders of the Taliban. He served as the head of ‘Rahbari Shura’ for 20 years and is considered close to Mulla Hibatullah. He served as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister during the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
Mullah Baradar, who was appointed deputy prime minister, led talks with the US and signed the deal on behalf of the Taliban, paving the way for the withdrawal of US coalition forces from Afghanistan.
The spokesperson said Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the Haqqani network’s institution, has been appointed as the country’s home minister. The US has designated the Haqqani network a terrorist organization. Mullah Muhammad Yacoub, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been made defense minister. Mujahid said Amir Khan Muttaki has been appointed foreign minister and Abbas Stanakzai will be deputy foreign minister.
Recently, the first contact between India and the Taliban took place, when India’s ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal and Stankzai met only. Stankzai, who was in the Afghanistan Army, has been a cadet of the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. He took training here from the side of Afghanistan.
There will be no women in the cabinet of 33 ministers. Khairullah Khairkhawa has been given the post of Information Minister. Abdul Hakim was given the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. Sher Abbas Stanikzai has been made deputy foreign minister. At the same time, Zabiullah Mujahid has been given the command of Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Information.
Only fundamentalists got a place
After the occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban had repeatedly assured the world that the new government would be liberal. But those inducted into the interim government are all considered hardline faces of the Taliban. There is no evidence yet of the inclusion of a leader of another Taliban faction in the new government.
Haibatullah Akhunzada proposed the name
According to information, Amirul Mominen Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada himself proposed the name of Mulla Hasan Akhund for Raees-e-Jamhoor, or Rais-ul-Wazar. Mulla Baradar and Mulla Abdus Salaam will serve as his deputy.
Mullah Hassan has been close to Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada for nearly 20 years. This loyalty has been rewarded. According to another Taliban leader, Mullah Hassan has been looking after work like Rehbari Shura for the last 20 years. That’s why Taliban boys respect him a lot.
Here is the complete list of the interim government of the Taliban
Deputy Prime Minister – Mulla Baradar
Home Minister – Sirajuddin Haqqani
Defense Minister – Maulvi Mohammad Yacob
External Affairs Minister – Maulvi Amir Khan Mutakki
Sheikh Maulvi Nurulla – Education Minister
Maulvi Hidayatullah – Finance Minister
Minister of Refugee Affairs – Khalilur Rahman Haqqani
Army Chief – Mulla Fazal Akhund Army Chief
Deputy Chief of Intelligence – Mullah Taj Mir Jawad
Head of the National Directorate of Security – Mullah Abdul Haq Wasik
There were reports of disputes in many factions of Taliban
There were reports of a dispute between the Doha faction of the Taliban, the Kandahar faction and the terrorist organization Haqqani Network over the command of the Taliban government. Meanwhile, it is being said in media reports that with the help of Pakistan, a member of the Taliban can be handed over the command of the government, who is not a big name. Recently, during the visit of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hamid to Kabul, a consensus was reached on the name of Mullah Hassan Akhund.