Today, the Taliban has released a list comprising the names of all the male deputy ministers. The list failed to contain the name of any woman, despite an international warning that the group will be judged by their actions and that its recognition would be linked to the treatment of women and minorities in Afghanistan.
Addressing a press conference, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid handed over a list of new names, and cited that the group had funds to pay salaries but it ‘needs time’. He stated that the recent Cabinet comprises members of ethnic minorities, such as Hazaras, and were chosen based on their technical skills. He also said that women likely to be added later.
The insurgent group named several leaders of the dreaded Haqqani Network in key positions. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani Network, was named as the new Afghan interior minister. The reclusive Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada was named the supreme leader with the final say on religious, political, and security affairs.
Meanwhile, Mujahid did not make any reference to the women’s affairs ministry which was shut down last week. It was instead replaced with a department that gained attention for enforcing religious doctrine during the previous Taliban rule.