Afghanistan’s performing PM calls on those that labored alongside US to return
Mohammad Hasan Akhund, the senior Taliban chief named performing prime minister in Afghanistan, urged Afghans who labored with the U.S. and had fled to return to the nation and guaranteed their security upon return.
“Now we have suffered large losses in cash and lives for this historic second within the historical past of Afghanistan,” he informed Al Jazeera in an interview Wednesday. “The stage of bloodshed, killing and contempt for folks in Afghanistan has ended, and now we have paid dearly for this.”
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The Taliban have tried to current themselves– not less than officially– as a extra average group since taking management of the nation. However there have been stories from the nation which have contradicted these claims. The Taliban’s picks for its newly appointed authorities have rankled Western international locations, ladies haven’t been given positions and the bulk are Pashtun. The Taliban has offered this as a caretaker cupboard.
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Sirajuddin Haqqani, the pinnacle of the fear group referred to as the Haqqani community, was named interim inside minister. The FBI has a $10 million bounty on his head and it’s believed that he’s holding not less than one American hostage. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has been some of the vocal critics of the Taliban’s interim authorities and known as it a “lineup of thugs and butchers.”
Akhund stated within the interview that he’ll “assure” the protection of those that labored with the U.S. and reiterated that the Taliban would grant them amnesty.
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Asfandyar Mir, an analyst on the U.S. Institute for Peace, informed Reuters that Akhund shouldn’t be a non secular scholar and “seems to be extra of a political particular person.”
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“His principal declare to energy is that he had a really senior position pre-9/11,” he stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report