Mullah Hasan Akhund to Lead New Afghan Govt.

Akhund is presently the head of the Taliban's powerful decision-making body, Rehbari Shura. He belongs to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and was among the founders of the movement.

New Delhi: Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund will be the leader of the new Afghanistan government, Taliban announced on Tuesday.

Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader, whereas Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani Network, will be the new Home Minister of Afghanistan.

The News reported that Akhund is presently the head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body, Rehbari Shura. He belongs to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and was among the founders of the movement.

“He worked for 20 years as the head of Rehbari Shura and earned himself a very good reputation. He is a religious leader rather than having a military background and is known for his character and devotion,” said a Taliban leader.

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He added that Akhund remained close to Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada for 20 years. According to the Taliban, Akhund had worked in important positions during the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan.

He was the foreign minister before being made the deputy prime minister when Mullah Mohammad Rabbani Akhund was the prime minister, the report said. (IANS)

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