Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has said that all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the “laws of the Holy Sharia”. This was the supreme leader’s first public statement since Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15. Haibatuallah Akhundzada said the Taliban are committed to all international laws, treaties and commitments that are not in conflict with Islamic law.
Even as world powers told Taliban that the only way to ensure peace and development is to have an inclusive government that would adopt a more conciliatory approach, the Taliban put in place a hardline cabinet comprising some of its toughest members including Sirajuddin Haqqani, a man on US’ terrorism list, who has been made the interior minister.
The names on Taliban’s list for the new government did not show signs of the Taliban taking any conciliatory measures even though it had initially pledged that it would have an “inclusive government” in Afghanistan and make women part of government “in accordance with Sharia law”. While stitching together the government among warring factions within the Taliban, the militant Islamist group could not make space for a woman in the cabinet.
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Meanwhile, a video is doing the rounds on social media which features Taliban’s new minister of education Sheik Molvi Noorullah Munir where the minister is questioning relevance of higher education. The video, shared on Twitter from an unverified handle, shows the minister saying, “No PhD degree, master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs and Taliban that are in the power, have no PhD, MA or even high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” according to a translation reported by NDTV.
Taliban’s new interim government will be led by Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund, Mullah Mohammed Hasaan, the head of Taliban’s leadership council has been named the acting Prime Minister. “As I speak and today, the Taliban announced their government. It is anything but inclusive,” said Afghanistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Ghulam Isaczai to the media.