On Tuesday, the Taliban released a list of new ministers in Afghanistan after weeks of long discussion. The list includes an all-male cabinet and also one of the top officials “most wanted” who is on the list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s, with the bounty of $10 million on his head.
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Sirajuddin Haqqani has been a senior leader of the Taliban since 2016, named as the interior minister of the interim government.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is wanted for questioning in reference to the January 2008 attack on a hotel within the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack, which killed six people including an American citizen, is believed to possess been coordinated by Haqqani himself, who has had a history of cross-border attacks against the US and coalition forces in Afghanistan. As per the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, in the year 2008, Sirajuddin was also allegedly involved in planning the assassination attempt on former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai.
The United States terms him as a “specially designated global terrorist” with close ties to al Qaeda, and with the person now being named to one of the seniors most posts in the Afghanistan state machinery, experts believe that the US has cause to worry.
According to the list released by the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the founding members of the Taliban influential on the religious side of things was named the prime minister, while the group's chief Hibatullah Akhundzada is going to be declared the ‘supreme leader. Mullah Mohammed Omar’s son Mullah Yaqoob, has been named the defence minister while Sirajuddin Haqqani will be the acting interior minister.