August 18, 2022

The reclusive supreme chief of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, joined non secular leaders from across the nation within the capital, Kabul, on Friday at a gathering with a deal with nationwide unity, the state information company stated.

The Bakhtar Information Company confirmed that the chief, who is predicated within the southern metropolis of Kandahar, was attending the assembly of greater than 3,000 male individuals, and it stated he would ship a speech.

Because the Islamist motion unveiled its interim authorities in September, after U.S.-led overseas forces withdrew and a U.S.-backed authorities collapsed, the mysterious Akhundzada retained the function he has held since 2016 of supreme chief, the group’s final authority, however he’s not often seen publicly.

The Kabul gathering started on Thursday below tight safety.

At one level, sustained gunfire erupted close to the venue, which Taliban spokesmen stated was the results of safety males firing at a “suspicious location”, including that the scenario was below management.

At the least one participant had known as for women’ excessive colleges to be opened nevertheless it was not clear how widespread assist was for that proposal.

Deputy Taliban chief and performing inside minister Sirajuddin Haqqani addressed the assembly on Friday, saying the world was demanding inclusive authorities and schooling, and the problems wanted time.

“This gathering is about belief, interplay, we’re right here to make our future in accordance with Islam and to nationwide pursuits,” he stated.

The Taliban went again on an announcement that each one colleges would open in March, leaving many women who had turned up at their excessive colleges in tears and drawing criticism from Western governments whose strict sanctions are severely undermining the Afghan economic system.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that they might respect the selections of these on the assembly however the remaining say on women’ schooling was as much as the supreme chief.

A hardline cleric whose son was a suicide bomber, Akhundzada has spent most of his management within the shadows, letting others take the lead in negotiations that finally noticed the USA and their allies depart Afghanistan final August after 20 years of grinding counter-insurgency conflict.