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At least 14 members of Taliban government blacklisted by UN Security Council

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Kabul/Peshawar, Sep 8 (PTI) At least 14 members of the Taliban’s interim government, including Afghanistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund, his two deputy prime ministers, are on the blacklist of the UN Security Council, raising concerns of the international community. Sirajuddin Haqqani, a global terrorist, has been named as caretaker home minister, while Sirajuddin Haqqani’s uncle Khaleel Haqqani has been named as caretaker minister for refugee affairs. A bounty of one crore US dollars has been declared on the head of Sirajuddin. Acting Defense Minister Malla Yacoub, Acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaki, Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas

Kabul/Peshawar, Sep 8 (PTI) At least 14 members of the Taliban’s interim government, including Afghanistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund, his two deputy prime ministers, are on the blacklist of the UN Security Council, raising concerns of the international community. Sirajuddin Haqqani, a global terrorist, has been named as caretaker home minister, while Sirajuddin Haqqani’s uncle Khaleel Haqqani has been named as caretaker minister for refugee affairs. A reward of one crore US dollars has been declared on the head of Sirajuddin.

Acting Defense Minister Malla Yacoub, Acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaki, Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai are also listed under the UN Security Council 1988 Sanctions Committee. It is also known as Taliban Sanctions Committee.

“At least 14 members of the Taliban’s interim government are on the blacklist of the UN Security Council,” BBC Urdu reported.

Afghanistan’s 33-member cabinet includes four leaders who were part of the ‘Taliban Five’. He was kept in Guantanamo prison. They include Mulla Mohammad Fazil (Deputy Defense Minister), Khairullah Khairkhwa (Information and Culture Minister), Mulla Noorullah Noori (Border and Tribal Affairs Minister) and Mullah Abdul Haq Wasik (Director of Intelligence). Mohammad Nabi Umri, the fifth member of the group, was recently appointed governor of East Khost province.

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The ‘Taliban Five’ leaders were released by the Obama administration in 2014. Fazil and Noori are accused of ordering the genocide of Shia Hazara, Tajik and Uzbek communities in 1998.

The Taliban had promised an inclusive government that reflects Afghanistan’s complex ethnic composition, but the cabinet has no Hazara members. All the ministers announced on Tuesday are already established Taliban leaders who have fought against US-led coalition forces since 2001. No woman has got a place in the interim cabinet.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mullah Hassan has been described in the UN sanctions report as close to Taliban founder Mullah Omar. He currently heads the powerful decision-making body Rahbari Sura.

Both deputy prime ministers Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and cleric Abdul Salak Hanafi are also on the UN blacklist and charged with their involvement in drug trafficking.

The announcement of the interim government comes after Lt Gen Hameed, Director General of Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), last week’s unannounced visit to Kabul. The inclusion of top leaders of the Haqqani network, who are believed to have links with the ISI, is a sign of the influence of Pakistan, especially its intelligence agency, on the Taliban.

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