Taliban Gov.- Taliban in Kabul: At least 14 members of the Taliban interim government, including the interim prime minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Hassan Akhund, his two deputy prime ministers, are on the UN Security Council blacklist, which raises concerns within the international community. Sirajuddin Haqqani, declared a global terrorist, has been appointed interim interior minister. Sirajuddin Haqqani’s uncle, Khaleel Haqqani, has been appointed acting minister for refugee affairs. A bounty of US $ 10 million was declared on Sirajuddin’s head.
Acting Defense Minister Malla Yacoub, Acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaki, Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai are also listed under the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee 1988. It is also known as the Taliban Sanctions Committee. “At least 14 members of the interim Taliban government (Taliban Gov) are on the UN Security Council’s blacklist,” BBC Urdu reported.
The 33-member Afghan cabinet includes four such leaders who have been included in the “five Taliban”. He was held in Guantanamo prison. They include Mulla Mohammad Fazil (Deputy Minister of Defense), Khairullah Khairkhawa (Minister of Information and Culture), Mulla Noorullah Noori (Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs) and Mullah Abdul Haq Wasik (Director of Intelligence). Mohammad Nabi Umri, the fifth member of this group, was recently appointed governor of East Khost province.
The leaders of the “Taliban Five” were released by the Obama administration in 2014. Fazil and Noori are accused of ordering the genocide of the Hazara, Tajik and Uzbek Shiite communities in 1998.
The Taliban had promised an inclusive government reflecting Afghanistan’s complex ethnic makeup, but the cabinet has no Hazara members. All of the ministers announced on Tuesday are already incumbent Taliban leaders who have fought against US-led coalition forces since 2001. No woman has even secured a place in the interim cabinet.
Acting Prime Minister Mullah Hassan was described in the UN sanctions report as being close to the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar. He currently heads the powerful decision-making body Rehbari Sura. The two deputy prime ministers Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and cleric Abdul Salak Hanafi are also on the UN blacklist and are accused of being involved in drug trafficking.
The interim government’s announcement comes after Lieutenant General Hameed (Taliban Gov), director general of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), visited Kabul last week. The inclusion of senior leaders from the Haqqani Network, who are believed to have ties to the ISI, is a sign of Pakistan’s influence, especially its intelligence agency, over the Taliban.