The Taliban’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, tweeted on Sunday, June 11, to announce new appointments made by Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada to the Taliban group.
In accordance with these designations, Maulavi Sibghatullah Wasil, the former head of the Ministry of Education, will serve as the administrative and financial deputy of the Ministry of Education, as well as Abdullah Mukhtar, the former governor of Paktia, as the deputy of the Ministry of Interior; Faizullah Jamal, the former deputy of procurement of the Ministry of Interior, as the governor of Paktia; and Maulvi Mehboob Shah Sajid, the police commander. Hafiz Abdul Rashid, previously the deputy governor of Khost, has been appointed as the police commander of Khost province.
In addition, Qari Hamdullah Badr, Maulvi Habibullah Shaker, Maulvi Nuruddin, Maulvi Gul Mohammad, and Maulvi Mohammad Anwar, the former deputy governor of Khost, are among those who have only changed their assignments from place to place. Maulvi Khal Mohammad Haqqani, the commander of the Takhar brigade, was also appointed deputy governor of Takhar.
These designations come while the United Nations Security Council’s monitoring department declared in a report on June 10 that the Taliban’s policy is Pashtun-centric.