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Who is Mullah Hassan Akhund? Taliban’s PM candidate who is on UN terror list..

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kabul: Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Taliban’s ‘lightwieght’ leader who is on a UN terror list and is one of the finalists for the post of Afghanistan’s next Prime Minister as the Taliban tries to settle on a compromise candidate amid disagreements. As of now, three Taliban leaders have reportedly confirmed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund’s nomination.

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Mullah Hassan is presently head of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body, Rehbari Shura or leadership council. He has worked for 20 years as head of Rehbari Shura and earned himself a very good reputation.

Akhund, Taliban’s lesser known leader, hails from Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and was among the founders of the armed movement. Taliban leaders claim that he has more religious background rather than a military and is known for his character and devotion. He is said to be close to Taliban’s spiritual leader Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada.

According to the Taliban, Mullah Hassan had worked on important positions during their previous government in Afghanistan. He was foreign minister and then made deputy prime minister when Mullah Mohammad Rabbani Akhund was the prime minister. is

He was also the Governor of Kandahar, Vice President of the Council of Ministers in 2001. According to the UN he is one of “30 original Taliban”. Referred to as “lightweight” in several media reports, Akhund, is considered to be a relatively lesser known Taliban leader, while he still is on a UN terror list.

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The main contenders for power, whose struggles delayed the announcement of the new regime, include the Doha unit of the Taliban headed by Mullah Baradar and Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Yakub, who are likely to be Hassan Akhund’s deputies. While, Siraj Haqqani, of the Haqqani Network, is likely to head the powerful interior ministry, equivalent to India’s home ministry.

In the last 40 years of Afghanistan’s history, it will be the only government that will rule over the whole of Afghanistan. The new Afghan government under Taliban is likely to be installed on Wednesday, “or may be delayed for a few more days.

Disagreements between the extremist group’s multiple factions have so far delayed government formation in the war-torn nation. Kabul fell to Taliban three weeks ago, on August 15.

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