The Taliban announced a new government in Afghanistan on Tuesday, with Muller Mohammad Hassan Akund appointing the country’s interim prime minister and co-founder Muller Abdul Ghani Baradar as deputy prime minister.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Confirmed Progress at the press conference on Tuesday also includes Abdul Ghani Baradar as deputy leader and Shirajudin Haqqani, a member of the Haqqani Network, which has long been designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department, as the State’s Interior Minister. Said. ..And Muller Yakub becomes defense minister and spokesman Added..
There was no evidence that a non-Taliban person or woman was appointed to a government position by the Mujahideen on Tuesday. The Taliban said it would form a “comprehensive” government that would allow women’s freedom “within Islamic law.”
“We know that the people of our country are waiting for a new government,” Mujahid said. The Cabinet is a “acting” government, and the Taliban “try to take people from other parts of the country,” he added.
Baradal was one of the first founders of the Taliban, designated as a terrorist group by several federal agencies in the early 1990s, and has held various leadership positions throughout the group’s life. He fled to Pakistan when the United States invaded Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
A few years later, Baradar was captured by Pakistani troops in Karachi and released from prison in 2018 after being requested to be released so that Baradar could lead the peace talks.
Yaqoob is the son of Taliban co-founder and former leader Mullah Omar. Meanwhile, Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani Network, is on the US Treasury sanctions list as head of a designated terrorist group.
The Taliban, which carried out a swift military mission to take over Afghanistan in the wake of the withdrawal of US troops, was expected to announce the government after the United States officially left the country at the end of last month.
What role does the Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhnzada, who has not been seen or heard in public since the collapse of the Western-backed government and the seizure of Kabul by the Taliban last month, play a role in the government? It was not clear if it would be fulfilled.
The Taliban have repeatedly sought to reassure Afghanistan and foreign countries not to return to the atrocities of the last reign of 20 years ago, which featured violent punishment and a ban on the public life of women and girls.
However, there are reports of Taliban atrocities throughout Afghanistan, including mass executions and torture. On Tuesday, Taliban members allegedly used violence against anti-Pakistan protesters demonstrating in Kabul. Draw blame From UN staff.
The woman states that in some cases Taliban members forced her to wear a burqa. Two female journalists Claim The armed Taliban told them they couldn’t wear a hijab, but they had to wear a burqa instead.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week that the United States would bind the Taliban to the “commitment” it made to the “international community” about allowing Afghanistan and Americans to leave the country freely.
Reuters contributed to this report.