Muhammad Hassan Akhund was appointed as the head of the Taliban government, while the terrorists were appointed as the interior minister. A Norwegian peace researcher describes the government as a disappointment.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Taliban appointed several people to be acting ministers in their new government in Afghanistan.
Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Islamic Group, Zabihullah Mujahid. to me BBC The Taliban also declared Afghanistan an “Islamic Emirate”.
The announcement comes just a day after Panjshir province – the last of the country’s 34 provinces – fell under the group’s control. According to the resistance movement, they did not surrender and say that the fight against the Taliban will continue in Panjshir.
Muhammad Hassan Akhund, one of the founders of the Taliban, becomes prime minister of the new Afghan government.
according to Times of India Akhund is the leader of the Rahbari Shura – a governing body within the Taliban.
The last time the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, between 1996 and 2001, Akhund served as the group’s foreign minister and deputy prime minister.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, who co-founded the Taliban and led its negotiating team during the Qatari peace talks, will be the deputy prime minister and Amir Khan Muttaki will be its new foreign minister.
While the son of the founder and former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, Mullah Muhammad Yaqoub, was appointed defense minister.
A terrorist wants to become the Minister of the Interior
The leader of the Haqqani network responsible for a series of terrorist attacks and suicide bombings, Sirajuddin Haqqani, will take over as acting interior minister.
The United States considers the network a terrorist group. Haqqani is himself wanted in the 2008 Kabul Serena Hotel attack, in which Norwegian photojournalist Carsten Thomassen was among the six dead.
The FBI has promised a reward of up to ten million dollars, equivalent to more than 85 million Norwegian kroner, to anyone who can provide information leading directly to Haqqani’s arrest, according to CNN.
– As far as I know, many of the members on this list are terrorists or on the UN Sanctions List.
Christian Berg Harpviken, a researcher at the Breu Peace Research Institute, told VG.
He believes this will make it more difficult for the international community to deal with the Taliban, but also that the group will have to work harder to get people off the sanctions list.
According to Harpviken, the Taliban also did not deliver on what they promised when they took control of the country. VG notes that the people hired now “only include well-established Taliban leaders”.
– Many of them were in the government the last time the Taliban came to power. It has also been central to the past 20 years. While some have grown over time. There is no one who does not have a background of the Taliban. There are also very few people who are not of Pashtun ethnicity.
Harpviken asserts that the Taliban have indicated that they want an inclusive government.
– But this is not a comprehensive government. He says this is a strong signal.
No woman has been appointed
It has been suggested that Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzadeh be the leader of the new government, but this was not the case.
More likely, he will have the role of “Supreme Guide” – a role similar to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran, while remaining the leader of the Taliban. He is also expected to remain in Kandahar, where the Taliban movement originated.
The appointments feature the unwavering leadership of the Taliban, individuals who have played a pivotal role in the 20-year conflict against the US-led coalition and their Afghan allies.
So far, no members of the government who do not represent the Taliban have been appointed, which has been one of the demands of the international community. No women have been appointed to high positions.
The latter was to be expected, because they pointed it out, but it’s still disappointing, says Harpviken.
The announcement of the ministerial positions also comes just hours after the Taliban launched a crackdown on a women’s demonstration in Kabul. Taliban soldiers I fired in the air to disperse the crowd as several hundred women walked in Through the streets of the capital with support for the resistance and women’s rights.
When asked by the BBC why no female minister had been appointed, a Taliban leader replied that the formation of the government had not yet been completed.
Ministers announce before the twentieth anniversary of the events of September 11
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan just over three weeks ago as a result of a misguided attack on the country’s provincial capitals. Afghan government forces laid down their arms and surrendered, while parts of the government, including President Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. jw.org en The capital, Kabul, is besieged by the Taliban.
This came nearly 20 years after the Taliban regime was toppled by the US-led invasion of the country in 2001, which came on the heels of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11 of that year.
Prior to the invasion, then-US President George W. Bush demanded the Taliban hand over al-Qaeda leaders to the United States. The Taliban refused.
With Tuesday’s announcement, the Taliban is on track to establish a new regime, just four days before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack.
Painful doubts about temporality
The Taliban claim that the new government is a functioning interim government. Harpviken by Prio wasn’t too sure to vote.
The so-called interim government. But that was also what they called the government when they were in power in the 1990s. If so, it is a word game.
– If so, what is the reason for that?
– Suffice it to note that the supreme authority is with someone who is not in the government, the current Taliban leader Haibatullah. This was also evident in the 1990s.
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