Kabul: After days of consultations to pick names for forming a government in Afghanistan, the Taliban have finally finalized its leader as Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, the new head of state, according to senior leaders.
As per reports, the Taliban’s new government is likely to be formed on Wednesday, a day ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“Ameerul Momineen Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada had himself proposed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as Raees-e-Jamhoor, or raees-ul-wazara or the new head state of Afghanistan. Mullah Baradar Akhund and Mullah Abdus Salam will work as his deputies,” said senior Taliban Leader.
The report said three Taliban leaders confirmed Hasan’s nomination. Meanwhile, Mullah Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mohammad Omar, is now the defense minister of Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid will be the spokesman of the state head, Mullah Hasan Akhund.
According to the Taliban sources, Mullah Ameer Khan Muttaqi has been nominated as the new foreign minister.
Who is Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund?
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund is now the head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body, Rehbari Shura, or leadership council. He belongs to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban. He was one of the founders of the armed movement.
“He worked for 20 years as head of Rehbari Shura and earned himself a good reputation. He is a religious leader rather than a military background and is known for his character and devotion,” said one of the Taliban leaders.
According to the Taliban, Mullah Hasan had worked in important positions during their previous government in Afghanistan.