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Afghanistan crisis Highlights: Taliban says new govt will work towards upholding Sharia law in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Taliban Highlights: The Taliban named Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement's late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan's new government, with Mullah Baradar, head of the movement's political office, as deputy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 8, 2021 7:12:03 am
Taliban forces patrol in front of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021. (Reuters/File)

Afghanistan crisis Highlights: In a written statement, acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund congratulated Afghans for the “withdrawal of all foreign forces, end of the occupation and complete liberation of the country” and said that the new government will work towards upholding Sharia law in Afghanistan.

“I assure all the countrymen that the figures will work hard towards upholding Islamic rules and sharia law in the country,” Akhundzada said in a statement released in English, AFP news agency reported.

The Taliban named Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new government on Tuesday, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office, as deputy.

Sarajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network, designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, will be the new interior minister, the Taliban’s main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul.

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Afghanistan Highlights: Mohammad Hasan Akhund to lead Taliban government in Afghanistan. Mullah Baradar appointed as Deputy PM; Taliban says Sharia law in Afghanistan; UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing; Follow this space for updates on Afghanistan.

23:05 (IST)07 Sep 2021
New govt will work towards upholding Sharia law in Afghanistan: Taliban

In a written statement, acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan congratulated Afghans for the "withdrawal of all foreign forces, end of the occupation and complete liberation of the country" and said that the new government will work towards upholding Sharia law in Afghanistan. “I assure all the countrymen that the figures will work hard towards upholding Islamic rules and sharia law in the country,” Akhundzada said in a statement released in English, AFP news agency reported.

21:45 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Two dead, 8 wounded after protest in Herat: report

Two people were killed and 8 were wounded during protest in Afghanistan's Herat, news agency AFP is reporting.

21:35 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Who is Mullah Hasan Akhund, the new acting PM of Afghanistan?

The Taliban named Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new caretaker government on Tuesday.

Mullah Hasan is presently head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body—Rehbari Shura or leadership council— which serves much like a government Cabinet running all the group’s affairs subject to the approval of the top leader.

Originally from Kandahar, Hassan was one of the founding members of the armed movement. He worked for 20 years as head of Rehbari Shura and remained close to the Taliban’s supreme leader Maulvi Haibatullah Akhundzada. Click here to know more about him.

In this Aug. 25, 1999 file photo, Mullah Hasan Akhund, right, then Afghanistan's Foreign Minister is received by then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in Islamabad. (AP)
21:22 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Many of the names announced are 'old faces': Al Jazeera correspondent

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reporting from Kabul said that many of the names announced by the Taliban were “old faces”. “It’s also important to say that a lot of these names, the vast majority of them are actually Pashtun and are not taking into consideration, arguably critics would say, the vast great ethnic diversity of this country,” Stratford was quoted as saying. 

21:00 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Full list of acting cabinet ministers in the Taliban govt

Here is the list of ministers in the Taliban government:

-Hassan Akhund as the ‘acting’ Prime Minister in the new Afghan government. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be his deputy.

-Amir Khan Muttaqi will be the Foreign Minister.

-Abas Stanikzai will be the acting deputy Foreign Minister.

-Mullah Yaqoob will be the Defense Minister.

-Sarajuddin Haqqani will be the Interior Minister.

-Amir Khan Muttaqi will be the Foreign Minister.

-Abas Stanikzai appointed as acting deputy Foreign Minister.

-Mullah Yaqoob appointed as Defense Minister

-Sarajuddin Haqqani is appointed as Interior Minister. More details here

20:45 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar named Deputy PM 

The Taliban named Mullah Abul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement's political office, as deputy prime minister on Tuesday.

Mullah Baradar belongs to the Popalzai Pashtun tribe, and is known as a co-founder of the Taliban along with Mullah Muhammad Omar, the first Amir. Baradar was among the few dozen original members of the Taliban, and currently heads the group’s political office. His name means “brother” and was conferred by Mullah Omar himself as a mark of affection. Click here to know more about him.

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20:39 (IST)07 Sep 2021
New Afghan govt announced by Taliban

*The Taliban has appointed Hassan Akhund as the 'acting' Prime Minister in the new Afghan government. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is appointed as his deputy. * Amir Khan Muttaqi appointed as Foreign Minister * Abas Stanikzai appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister. * Mullah Yaqoob appointed as Defense Minister * Sarajuddin Haqqani appointed as Interior Minister

20:20 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Mohammad Hasan Akhund to lead new Taliban government

The Taliban on Tuesday appointed Hassan Akhund as the acting prime minister in the new Afghan government. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was appointed as his deputy, a spokesperson said.

19:56 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Taliban to announce first members of new Afghan government tonight: report

The Taliban is likely to announce the first members of new Afghanistan government Tuesday night, news agency AFP is reporting citing an official.

18:39 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Taliban government must respect basic rights: South Korea

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says Seoul is willing to work with a new Afghanistan government led by the Taliban if it follows "international convention, respects basic human rights and refuses to provide refuge for terrorism."

Ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam spoke at a briefing on Tuesday where he addressed comments by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who in an interview with South Korean broadcaster SBS called for Seoul to reopen its embassy in Kabul, saying that the safety of South Korean diplomats would be ensured. (AP)

17:41 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Taliban arrest journalists in Kabul

The Taliban fired gunshots to disperse an anti-Pakistan rally on Tuesday in Kabul and arrested several Afghan journalists who were covering the demonstration, the Associated Press reported citing witnesses and Afghan media outlets.

An Afghan journalist who was among those detained and who was later freed told The Associated Press he was punished by the Taliban. “They made me rub my nose on the ground and apologize for covering the protest,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fears for his safety. “Journalism is Afghanistan is getting harder," he added.

Afghanistan's TOLOnews TV channel said its cameraman Wahid Ahmadi was also among those arrested.

17:15 (IST)07 Sep 2021
China says report of Taliban's plan to hand over Bagram airbase to it 'pure fake news'

China termed as “pure fake news” a report that the Taliban plans to hand over Afghanistan's key Bagram airbase vacated by the US troops to it.

“I can tell you this is pure fake news,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here when asked about a report that Taliban plans to hand over Bagram air force base to China and the Kandahar airport to Pakistan.

In July, the US military left Bagram Airfield - its key base in Afghanistan - after nearly 20 years. At its height, Bagram base was home to tens of thousands of US troops.

The airbase played a key role in US military conducting its land and air operations against rebels in its war on terrorism in Afghanistan, which formally ended last month with the complete withdrawal of American and NATO troops and Taliban seizing power in the war-torn country.

(PTI)

16:59 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Taliban government must respect basic rights: South Korea

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says Seoul is willing to work with a new Afghanistan government led by the Taliban if it follows international convention, respects basic human rights and refuses to provide refuge for terrorism.

Ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam spoke at a briefing where he addressed comments by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who in an interview with South Korean broadcaster SBS called for Seoul to reopen its embassy in Kabul, saying that the safety of South Korean diplomats would be ensured.

The (Seoul) government will closely monitor the changes in the internal political situation of Afghanistan and will closely coordinate with the international community in responding to the matter, Choi said.

(PTI)

16:37 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Watch: Taliban gunmen fire in the air to scatter protesters
16:15 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Videos show women locked in parking to avoid joining protest

Even as thousands of anti-Taliban protestors took to the streets of Kabul today, a video shared by a Tolo New journalist showed women locked in a basement parking.

The protests, which were held to denounce Taliban rule and demand that women's rights be maintained, came a day after resistance leader Ahmad Massoud urged civilians to join the uprising against the Taliban.

15:39 (IST)07 Sep 2021
A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university for the first time since the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the classroom.

What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign powers, who want the Islamist militant movement to respect the rights of women in return for vital aid and diplomatic engagement.

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15:00 (IST)07 Sep 2021
US has identified a small number of Americans in Mazar-i-Sharif, says Blinken

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday Washington has identified a "relatively" small number of Americans seeking to depart from Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif.

Blinken, who was speaking with his Qatari counterpart in a joint press conference in Doha, said that the challenge with the evacuation charter flights is that some Afghans seeking to leave do not have appropriate documents.

linken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in Qatar to seek the evacuation of Americans and Afghans at risk following the Taliban takeover and to build a consensus among allies on how to respond to the Islamist movement. (Reuters)

14:59 (IST)07 Sep 2021
UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is starting to run out, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told a UN briefing that millions of Afghans were in need of food aid and health assistance, urging donors to give more ahead of an international aid conference for Afghanistan on Sept. 13. (Reuters)

14:10 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Turkey says working with Qatar, US on operation of Kabul airport

Turkey is working with Qatar and the United States about operating Kabul airport and is in talks with the Taliban, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, adding security at the airport was the main issue.

Cavusoglu told broadcaster NTV that 19 Turkish technicians were in Kabul, holding talks with Qataris about the airport. Turkey has told the Taliban that it would not take part in the airport mission unless its units are involved in security.

Cavusoglu said the Taliban could ensure security outside the airport, but they would need a more reliable mechanism inside. A private security company could be used for the mission if the Taliban insisted on having no foreign powers in Afghanistan, Cavusoglu said. (Reuters)

12:48 (IST)07 Sep 2021
Taliban fires shots to disperse anti-Pak rally, says AFP

The Taliban has fired shots to disperse an anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul, says news agency AFP. Videos on social media showed a crowd, comprising of men and women, holding placards with slogans against Pakistan.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of the co-founders of the Taliban. (File Photo/Reuters)

Who is Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, likely to be supreme leader of Afghanistan?

Weeks after swiftly seizing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban is soon set to unveil its newly-formed government, which is likely to be helmed by the militant group’s top spiritual leader, Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada.

There is no clear indication of when the new government will be announced, but one thing is for certain — the country’s new leaders have their work cut out for them. Apart from the human rights crisis they have on their hands, with thousands of Afghans fleeing from the Taliban’s reign, the new government will also be severely strapped for cash as funds have been cut off by nearly all of the country’s major lenders, including the United States.

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