After the fall of the Republic of Afghanistan, the Taliban on Tuesday formed the interim “Islamic Emirate”, appointing hardliners in its new government who oversaw the 20-year fight against the United States-led military coalition.
The cabinet members consist of many Taliban figures that are considered hardliners.
The list announced by chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was dominated by members of the group’s old guard, with no women included.
Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund is appointed as Prime Minister with two deputies Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Molavi Abdul Salam Hanafi.
Akhund was a close aide to the group’s late founder Mullah Omar and is on a United Nations sanctions list.
He was previously the foreign minister and then deputy prime minister during the group’s last stint in power from 1996 to 2001.
Molavi Muhammad Yaqoob Mujahid, son of Mullah Omar has been appointed as Minister of Defense.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, a specially designated global terrorist and son of the famous anti-Soviet warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani who founded Haqqani Network, is the new acting interior minister in the 33-member cabinet that has no woman member.
Haqqani has been one of two deputy leaders of the Taliban since 2016 and has a $10 million US bounty on his head.
Khalil Haqqani, Sirajuddin’s uncle, was appointed as acting minister for refugees.
Two other members of the Haqqani clan were also named to positions in the interim government, indicating the hand of Pakistan in the Taliban-run government.
Molavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban negotiator in Doha has been appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mulla Yaqoob, son of the Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, will be the new acting defence minister.
Yaqoob was a student of Taliban chief Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, who had earlier appointed him as head of the powerful military commission of the Taliban.
Here is the full list:
|Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund||PM|
|Mullah Abdul Ghani||First deputy to PM|
|Molvi Abdul Salam Hanafi (Uzbek)||Second deputy to PM|
|Molvi Muhammad Yaqoob||Defence minister|
|Alhaj Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani||Interior minister|
|Molvi Ameer Khan Muttaqi||Foreign minister|
|Mullah Hidayatullah Badri (Gul Agha)||Finance minister|
|Sheikh Molvi Nurullah Munir||Education minister|
|Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa||Minister Information and Broadcasting|
|Qari Din Mohamamad Hanif (Tajik)||Ministry of economic affairs|
|Sheikh Noor Muhammad Saqib||Minister Hajj and Auqaf|
|Molvi Abdul Hakim||Law minister|
|Mullah Noorullah Noori||Minister for border and tribal affairs|
|Mullah Muhammad Younas Akhundzada||Minister for development|
|Sheikh Muhammad Khalid||Minister for Dawat and Irshaad|
|Mullah Abdul Mannan Umeri||Minister for public works|
|Mullah Muhammad Essa Akhund||Minister for minerals and petroleum|
|Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor||Minister for water and power|
|Hameedullah Akhundzada||Minister for civil aviation and transport|
|Abdul Baki Haqqani||Minister for higher education|
|Najibullah Haqqani||Minister for communication|
|Khalil ur Rehman Haqqani||Minister for refugees|
|Abdul Haq Waseeq||Int chief|
|Haji Muhammad Idris||Incharge Afghanistan Bank|
|Molvi Ahmed Jan Ahmedi||Incharge administrative affairs|
|Mullah Muhammad Fazil Mazloom Akhund||Deputy to the defence minister|
|Qari Faseehuddin (Tajik)||Army chief|
|Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanakzai||Deputy to the foreign minister|
|Molvi Noor Jalal||Deputy to the interior minister|
|Zabiullah Mujahid||Deputy to the minister of information and broadcasting|
|Mullah Taj Mir Jawad||The first deputy to int chief|
|Mullah Rehmatullah Najib||Administrative deputy to int chief|
|Mullah Abdul Haq||Special assistant to the interior minister|