Washington: Deputy Interior Minister Shirajudin Haqqani on the FBI’s Most Wanted List of Terrorism
Deputy Interior Minister Shirajudin Haqqani on the FBI’s Most Wanted List of Terrorism
Taliban fighters celebrate after US withdraws all troops from Afghanistan
The Taliban is the leader of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization in the new government to formally mark the group’s reinstatement after the 20-year war with the United States as the West is working on whether to approve the new administration. Was included.
Mura Mohammad Hassan, the lesser-known head of the Taliban’s leadership council, has been appointed acting prime minister, spokesman Zabifra Mujahid said at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday. The Taliban co-founder Mura Abdul Ghani Baradar is the main public face and representative of the group that signed a peace agreement with the Trump administration last year.
Shirajudin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani Network on the FBI’s Most Wanted List of Terrorism, will act as Deputy Interior Minister. It may complicate any move by the United States to work with the Taliban, especially as President Joe Biden urges the Taliban to break all ties with terrorist groups.
The Taliban wants good relations with all the countries of the world, including the United States, Mujahid told reporters. He called the cabinet a “diversified group” of different ethnicities and backgrounds, although women were not chosen.
“We are not the power of the tribe,” Mujahid said, adding that despite the war, the group wanted a good relationship with the United States. “We want every country in the world to justify our government and our Islamic regime.”
The United States and its allies are watching whether the Taliban will form a comprehensive government that can stabilize the country and prevent it from returning to the civil war. Other demands include freedom of travel for those who want to leave Afghanistan and rights for women who faced extreme oppression when the Taliban finally came to power at the turn of the century.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a briefing Tuesday that the United States has not set a time to approve the new Taliban government and is working to evacuate the rest of the Americans.
“You won’t be recognized in a hurry,” she said. “It will really depend on the steps the Taliban take. The world, including the United States, will be paying attention.”
Many things are at stake for the new Taliban government. While banks are running out of cash, Kabul is showing signs of an economic crisis with rising prices of essentials. The United States has frozen approximately $ 9 billion (€ 7.5 billion) in assets belonging to the country’s central bank, the Bank of Afghanistan (DAB), and the International Monetary Fund has blocked the use of the Group’s reserve assets.
Mujahid did not mention the Taliban Commander-in-Chief Hibatullah Akhnzada, who has not been in public since becoming the group’s leader in 2016. Became Deputy Defense Minister of the United States before the 2001 invasion.
Regional and broader security threats have already occurred at Kabul Airport, and suicide bombings blaming local sects of Islamic State terrorist groups were about 170 on the last day of the chaotic US evacuation. A country that has killed one Afghanistan and 13 US service personnel.
The Taliban have sought to put themselves in a more modest pattern. Promises amnesty to enemies, builds inclusive governments with various ethnic groups, keeps terrorist groups away from Afghan soil, and allows women to work within Shari’a law.
However, many Afghans are wary of the promised changes in the Taliban’s stance, as highlighted by the two-week desperate scene at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Some people died as a large crowd flooded the tarmac shortly after the militants took over and even the suicide bombers could not stop the crowd.
The Taliban have finally announced an Islamic Emirate government in Afghanistan. Hassan Akhund, a banned terrorist in the US and the United Nations, has been made the new caretaker prime minister of Afghanistan. Whereas, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who has been in the forefront of the discussion for this post for the last 20 days, has been made Deputy Prime Minister along with another leader. Two of the most shocking names are also included in the new Taliban cabinet. In this, the leader of the notorious terrorist organization Haqqani Network has been given the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, while Mullah Yakub, the son of Mullah Omar, has been appointed as the Defense Minister. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai has been given the charge of Deputy Foreign Minister for military training in India. Mullah Hassan Akhund led the Taliban government in Kabul as interim prime minister in the last years of the previous Taliban rule. Mullah Ghani Baradar, who will lead the talks with the US, will be made deputy prime minister. Baradar had signed an agreement with the US, under which the US completely pulled out of Afghanistan. There is no information about the place of non-Talibanians in this government.
Mullah Hassan Akhund becomes the new Prime Minister of Afghanistan
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has been made the caretaker prime minister in the Islamic Emirate government of the Taliban. The discussion about Akhund’s Prime Minister coming to the race started only two days ago. Mullah Mohammad Hassan currently heads the Rahbari Shura or Leadership Council, the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body. Mohammad Hassan belongs to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban and is one of the founders of the terrorist movement. Mohammad Hassan Akhund has served as the head of the Rahbari Shura for 20 years and earned a very good reputation. He is a religious leader rather than a military background and is known for his character and Taliban devotion. Mullah Hassan has been close to Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada for nearly 20 years. In return for this loyalty to Mullah Hassan, he has been made the caretaker prime minister of Afghanistan. Haibatullah Akhunzada is going to become the Supreme Leader of Afghanistan like Iran. Not only this, Mullah Hassan had held important positions during his previous Taliban government in Afghanistan. According to analysts, another thing that went in Mulla Hassan’s favor is his low profile.
Mullah Baradar’s stature reduced, became Deputy Prime Minister
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has suffered the biggest setback in the new Taliban government. Baradar, who was touted as the most important contender for the post of Prime Minister and President of Afghanistan till two days ago, has been given the post of Deputy Prime Minister along with another leader. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the co-founders of the Taliban, heads the Taliban’s political office. At this time he has also been the leader of the Taliban’s peace negotiation team. Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of Mullah Omar’s most trusted commanders, was captured by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in 2010, but was later released by the Pakistani government in 2018 after a deal with the Taliban.
Mullah Omar’s son Yakub becomes defense minister of Afghanistan
Mullah Mohammad Yacoub is the son of Mullah Omar, the founder of the Taliban. He has been given the command of the most important defense ministry in the new Taliban government. There was a tussle between Mullah Yakub and Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani over the post of Defense Minister for a long time. After which Yakub has been made the Defense Minister of Afghanistan as a result of an agreement. Yakub is the head of the Taliban’s military operations. At his behest, Taliban terrorists carry out attacks. Local media reports have said that he is present inside Afghanistan. He was declared the overall leader of the Taliban during the various struggles of succession. But in 2016 he declared Hebtollah Akhundzada the leader of the Taliban. It is believed that Jacob wanted to reduce tension in his organization as he lacked combat experience and was much younger than many leaders in his age.
Mullah Omar’s son Yakub becomes defense minister of Afghanistan
Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, one of the world’s most dreaded terrorist organizations, has been made the Interior Minister of Afghanistan. This post is considered equivalent to the Home Minister of any other country. Sirajuddin is the son of Mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani. The Haqqani group oversees the financial and military assets of the Taliban along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. America has declared Sirajuddin as most wanted. Some experts believe that Haqqani was the one who started the suicide attacks in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network is believed to be responsible for several high-profile attacks in Afghanistan. He also attempted to assassinate the then Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Apart from this, the Haqqani network also carried out a suicide attack on the Indian Embassy. Sirajuddin Haqqani, believed to be between 40 and 50, operates his network from an unknown whereabouts.
Stanikzai was also shunned, became Deputy Foreign Minister
The height of Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who took military training from the Military Academy of India, has also been reduced. Till now he has been giving statements on all foreign affairs related to Taliban. In such a situation, there was a lot of speculation about making him the foreign minister. But, when the government was formed, it was reinstated in the old Taliban government’s post i.e. Deputy Foreign Minister. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai is a staunch religious leader. He has been living in the Taliban’s political office in Doha for the past decade. In 2015, Stanikzai was made the head of the Taliban’s political office. He has participated in peace talks with the Afghan government. Stanikzai was also involved in the peace deal with America. He has represented the Taliban on diplomatic visits to several countries.
Abdul Hakim Haqqani appointed Justice Minister
Abdul Hakim Haqqani, the chief justice during the Taliban regime, has been made justice minister. Abdul Hakim Haqqani has also been a member of the Taliban’s peace negotiation team. He heads the Taliban’s powerful council of religious scholars. It is believed that the Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada Abdul Hakim Haqqani is the most trusted. Akhundzada definitely takes the advice of Abdul Hakim in religious matters.