Mullah Hasan Akhund Selected as Head of Afghan’s State

September 06, 2021

According to senior Taliban leaders, the Afghan Taliban nominated Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as the new head of state on Sunday, following days of discussions. The Taliban said they had made all preparatory work to announce the government on Monday, but it had been postponed due to “inevitable” circumstances. They predicted that the new government would be placed on Wednesday.

“Ameerul Momineen Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada had himself planned Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as Raees-e-Jamhoor, or raees-ul-wazara or the new head state of Afghanistan. Mullah Baradar Akhund and Mullah Abdus Salam will work as his deputies,” a senior Taliban leader told The News. The reporter spoke to three Taliban leaders and all of them confirmed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund’s nomination.

Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund is the current chairman of the Taliban’s powerful ruling body, the Rehbari Shura, or leadership council. He is from Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace, and was a founding member of the armed movement. “He served as the head of the Rehbari Shura for 20 years and established a strong reputation for himself. He is a religious leader with a religious upbringing rather than a political background, and he is well-known for his character and devotion”.

Mullah Hasan, he said, had been close to Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada for 20 years. Mullah Hasan held important positions during their previous government in Afghanistan. When Mullah Mohammad Rabbani Akhund was prime minister, he appointed him as foreign minister and then as deputy prime minister. Similarly, the Taliban claimed that another veteran Taliban leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani Network, is being considered for the position of federal interior minister.

He has also been given the authority to appoint governors for the eastern provinces, where the Haqqani Network used to operate. Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Gardez, Nangarhar, and Kunar are the names of the provinces. Mullah Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, has also been appointed as Afghanistan’s defence minister. Mullah Yaqoob attended Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada’s madrassa and was renamed after him. Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada has always respected Mullah Yaqoob because of his father and Yaqoob’s dedication to his work. Sheikh Habibullah was the one who appointed Mullah Yaqoob as commander-in-chief of their armed fighters and then chose him as leader of the powerful military commission.

According to Taliban sources, Mullah Ameer Khan Muttaqi has been shortlisted as the new foreign minister. According to Taliban insiders, there were some minor disagreements over specific duties that had been resolved.

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