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Afghan Taliban appoint Mawlawi Abdul Kabir as new premier


Mar 21, 2007
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Afghan Taliban appoint Mawlawi Abdul Kabir as new premier​

Move follows reports of acting PM Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund suffering from illness

Shahabullah Yousafzai
May 17, 2023


KABUL: In a major development, the supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Haibitullah Akhund, has appointed Mawlawi Abdul Kabir as caretaker prime minister and interim head of the cabinet.

Akhund made the announcement owing to the ill health of Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the acting head of the Taliban government.

Sources told The Express Tribune that the former had suffered a heart attack after visiting Kandahar during the Eid holidays and despite 45 days having passed since, he was unable to recover and resume his responsibilities.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the official spokesperson of the Taliban regime has confirmed that the acting premier was suffering from various illnesses and wished to take rest.

But on the other hand, the sources told The Express Tribune that the decision showed that the new acting premier has close ties with Sirajuddin Haqqani and the decision was made on his request as the Haqqani network holds fewer positions in the cabinet as compared to the Kandahari Taliban.

The decision would also give the Haqqanis a weighted advantage against others, but the decision was made by Mullah Habitullah after taking feedback from Taliban ranks.

Being senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Hassan Akhund and Mawlawi Kabir had both served as members of the Supreme Council as deputies to the Taliban's prime minister late Mullah Rabbani (during the former Taliban regime 1996—2001).

The incumbent premier of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir had also previously served as the acting prime minister for the Taliban for six months in 2001.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that Kabir belongs to the eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan and is a member of the Zadran tribe. According to UN reports, Kabir was born between 1958 and 1963 and is aged between 58 to 63.

Between 1996-2001, Kabir also served as the governor of Nangarhar province and as the head of the eastern zone.

After the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, he was initially appointed as the deputy prime minister alongside Abdul Salam Hanafi and Abdul Kabir.

He is also said to have participated in the Doha Agreement, and the source revealed, Kabir had also been part of the committee that was designated to talk directly with then-US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad.


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