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Taliban announce creation of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Taliban announce the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Thursday.

The announcement from the Taliban comes as Afghanistan marks the 102nd anniversary of independence from British rule.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid announced the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in a tweet.

“[This is the] declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the country’s (Afghanistan’s) independence from British rule,” he tweeted in Pashto.

 

Afghanistan may be governed by a ruling council after t the Taliban take over, while the movement’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, would likely remain in overall charge, a senior member of the group told Reuters.

“Maybe his (Akhundzada’s) deputy will play the role of ‘president’,” Hashimi said, speaking in English.

Furthermore, they would also reach out to former pilots and soldiers from the Afghan armed forces to join its ranks, Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access to the group’s decision-making, said in an interview.

“There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” he said.

“We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.”

Hashimi further added that he would be joining a meeting of the Taliban leadership that would discuss issues of governance later this week.

The Taliban’s supreme leader has three deputies: Mawlavi Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the powerful militant Haqqani network, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political office in Doha and is one of the founding members of the group.

 

 

 

 

Saman Siddiqui

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