Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada to be named Supreme Leader
THE Taliban are all set to announce the formation of a new Government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group’s top religious leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada as Afghanistan’s supreme authority, a senior member of the group has said. “Consultations are almost finalised on the new Government, and the necessary discussions have also been held about the cabinet,” Mufti Inamullah Samangani, a senior official in the Taliban’s information and culture commission, said. He said the group is all set to announce the formation of the new Government in Kabul in the next three days. In the new set-up, 60-year-old Mullah Akhundzada will be the Supreme Leader of the Taliban Government, which will follow the pattern of the Iranian leadership.
In Iran, the supreme leader is the highest political and religious authority of the country. He ranks above the President and appoints the heads of the military, the Government, and the judiciary. The supreme leader has final say in the political, religious and military affairs of the country. “Mullah Akhunzada will be the leader of the Government and there should be no question on this,” he said, indicating that the President will work under his oversight. Mullah Akhunzada is the top religious leader of the Taliban and has been serving at a mosque in Kachlaak area of Balochistan province for 15 years. The Taliban has already appointed Governors, police chiefs and police commanders for provinces and districts.