Taliban Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund will lead the new Taliban government in Afghanistan. The group co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be one of the two deputies, representative Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday.
The Taliban declared the first members of their new Afghanistan government.
Akhund drove the last Taliban government in the final years of its spell that concluded after the US-led invasion. Baradar, chief of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, had led dialogues with the US. Which resulted in signing a deal between them and finally America’s final pull out from Afghanistan.
The Taliban representative said that Amir Khan Muttaqi will be Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister. Mullah Yaqoob, son of Taliban’s founder Mullah Omar, will function as the acting defence minister. Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani Network, will function as acting interior minister in the interim government.
Despite the group having asserted the first names of its interim government after a lot of speculation, its recognition by the international community remains a worry for the anarchists. White House representative Jen Psaki said Tuesday the recognition will be dependent on what measures the Islamist hardliners adopt.
“There’s no hurry to recognition…the globe will be watching, the United States included,” she said.
Countries like Britain and Canada have already mentioned that they have no urgent schedules for recognising the government.
“We’re not a tribal force,” Mujahid stated. “We anticipate all nations on the planet will acknowledge the legitimacy of our government and our Islamic sovereignty.”
The government formation was twice rescheduled as the agitators were reportedly grappling to forge an inclusive administration acknowledged to the international community. The first names of the interim government, however, didn’t include any non-Taliban, non-Haqqani Network partners, a major demand from the international community. Some details recommend that Pakistan’s supposed interference in the government formation also caused the delay.
“It was agreed that we would declare a new government before a formal ceremony could be performed,” AFP quoted Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, as saying.
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