Resigned President Ashraf Ghani has now left the Presidential Palace and Afghanistan New heads on the way to power. It is not yet clear whether an interim government will be formed. Although diplomatic sources told Reuters it would happen, Taliban sources say it did not.
What is clear is that the Taliban have regained power in the country.
The Taliban was founded by Afghans deported to Pakistan during the civil war in Afghanistan in the 1990s. They seized power in Afghanistan in 1996, but were overthrown in 2001 by US-backed militants.
The Taliban was led by Mullah Omar for many years, who died in 2013. Akhtar Mansour took charge as leader, but was killed in a 2016 US drone strike.
Some of today’s leaders have been working for more than 20 years to seize power in Afghanistan:
Chairman Haibatullah Agundzada
Akundzada is an Islamic legal expert who has been a legal adviser and religious judge since 1996.
After 2001, he fled to Pakistan, where he taught at several Islamic schools. According to Washington Post He has not appeared in public for many years.
He is about 60 years old. The news agency Reuters reported that he did not know where he was staying.
Political leader Abdul Gani Bharat
முள்ளா பரதர் Was the founder of the Taliban. Sources say he is the nephew of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the first leader of the Taliban.
Bharath was arrested in Pakistan in 2010, but was released from prison three years ago.
Bharath is said to have been released after US pressure because he wanted a heavyweight negotiating table like his.
Salme Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, said Bhardwaj would contribute to the power-sharing deal in Afghanistan and join him in the Doha talks.
Army Chief Mohammed Yaqub
Mulla Yaqub is the son of former leader Mulla Mohammad Omar. According to the Afghan media, he is now in the country. Jacob was proposed as the supreme leader of the Taliban, but also isolated Akuntzada because he felt too young and inexperienced, Reuters reported. He must be in his early 30s.
Deputy Sirajuddin Haqqani
Sirajuddin Haqqani is known as the Haqqani Network, which plays a key role in funding the Taliban. He is also referred to as the Vice President of the Taliban. Son of Sirajuddin Jalaluddin Haqqani, he founded the network named after him.
The Haqqani network is said to have launched a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The Serena Hotel in Kabul was attacked by Afghan authorities in January 2008, in which Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomason was killed.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is probably in his 40s and 50s. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The negotiator is Abdul Hakeem Haqqani
Abdul Hakim Haqqani chaired the Taliban’s negotiating team. According to Reuters, he is one of the most trusted men of President Haibatullah Akundzada.
Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikjoy
The Taliban last took control of Kabul in the government of Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai and served as the group’s foreign minister for a long time. For the past decade, he has lived in Doha, according to the TV channel Al Jazeera. He participated in peace talks on Afghanistan and represented the Taliban on several foreign trips.
How will they lead Afghanistan?
Today’s Taliban claim to adhere to it The contract was signed in February. They also claim that women’s rights will be respected. But many Afghans fear that Sharia law will be brought in.
Spokesman Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzoy said girls should still be allowed to go to school and that diplomats and non-profit organizations could work in the country.