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“No PhD, Master’s degree valuable”: Taliban’s new Education Minister

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The future of Afghanistan seems uncertain in the hands of Taliban even though the leaders of the hardline group have promised a new, improved version of themselves, in an attempt to seek global recognition, but their claims remain under suspicion because of the reality on the ground and the pronouncements of its new cabinet that was unveiled on Tuesday.

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“In the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia,” Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada made it clear it in his first public statement since the August 15 fall of Kabul.

A video widely shared on social media shows the Taliban’s Minister of Education, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir, questioning the relevance of higher education.

“No Phd degree, master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs and Taliban that are in the power, have no Phd, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir is heard saying in the video. The remarks, as expected, drew huge criticism.

“Why is this man talking about education,” said one Twitter user.

“Minister of Higher education saying higher education is not worth it,” another user said.

“Such shameful thoughts about education, having them in power is catastrophic especially for the youth & children!” read one of the posts on Twitter.

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In the Taliban’s new “interim government”, which will be led by led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Mullah Mohammad Hassan, the little-known head of the Taliban’s leadership council, has been named as acting Prime Minister.

UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani is the new acting Interior Minister in the 33-member cabinet that has no woman member.

“As I speak and today, the Taliban announced their government. It is anything but inclusive,” Afghanistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Ghulam Isaczai said on Tuesday.

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