The Taliban on Tuesday announced the names of several members of a new caretaker government after delaying it twice over the week. With this announcement, the Taliban returns to power in Afghanistan after 20 years of war with US and allied forces.
Addressing the Press conference in Kabul, the Taliban’s chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirms that Mohammad Hasan Akhund will be the Country’s caretaker Prime Minister. Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban Political office, and Molvi Abdul Salam Hanafi will be the two deputy Prime ministers of Afghanistan.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network, who is also on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been named as the country’s interior minister. US government has earlier announced a cash reward of $5 million for the person who will share his information leading to Junior Haqqani’s arrest.
Mujahid named 33 members of “the new Islamic government” and said the remaining posts will be announced after careful deliberation.
Also, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been named as defence minister. Hedayatullah Badri will be the acting minister of finance, while Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban negotiator in Doha, was named foreign minister. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai will be acting deputy foreign minister of the new Taliban government.
Here are the other names confirmed by the Taliban
Mullah Din Mohammad Hanif – Economics
Mawlawi Abdul Hakim Shari – Minister of Justice
Mullah Noorullah Noori – Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs
Mullah Younes Akhundzadeh – Minister of Development
Mullah Mohammad Isa Akhund – Minister of Minerals and Petroleum
Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour – Minister of Water and Electricity
Mullah Abdul Baqi Haqqani – Minister of higher Education
Najibullah Haqqani Telecommunication
Khalil-ur-Rehman Haqqani – Refugees and repatriation
Mullah Abdul Haq – Special Assistant to Interior Minister
Haji Address – Incharge Afghanistan Bank
Zabiullah Mujahid: Deputy to Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Qari Faseehuddin (Tajik) – Army Chief