Kabul: Nearly two weeks after overtaking power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are all set to form a government in the country on Friday. As per a report by India Today, the Taliban will form the government after Friday prayers tomorrow. Notably, the Taliban 2.0 government has reached a final stage of formalization with the first announcement of the new Cabinet of Ministers on Friday.Also Read - Two Afghan-based Journalists Covering Women's Protest Beaten up by Taliban, Others Debarred From Reporting
As per a report by Bloomberg, Taliban supreme commander Haibatullah Akhundzada will be the top leader of the governing council. On the other hand, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of Akhundzada’s three deputies and the main public face of the Taliban, is likely to be in charge of the daily functioning of the government. Also Read - Taliban Want Haqqani Network Members be Removed From US Blacklist, Say It Violates Doha Agreement
“The consultations on forming an inclusive Afghan government within the Islamic Emirate’s leaders, with the leaders from previous government and other influential leaders have officially ended,” Bilal Karimi, a member of the group’s cultural commission, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “They have reached a consensus. We’re about to announce a functioning cabinet and government in a few days, not weeks,” he added. Also Read - Taliban Official Compares Women Without Hijab to 'Sliced Melon', Netizens Outraged | Watch
Earlier, the Taliban had said that it was planning an inclusive caretaker government in Afghanistan.
An Al Jazeera report cited a Taliban source saying that the caretaker government will include leaders from all ethnicities and tribal backgrounds in the country. The Taliban, however, did not mention the duration of the caretaker government.
It must be noted that Afghanistan’s ethnic diversity has been at the centre of politics and conflict in the country, with no single-ethnic group enjoying a decisive majority in the country of 40 million people.
As per reports, the key ministries in the new government will be judiciary, internal security, defence, foreign affairs, finance, information and a special assignment for Kabul’s affairs.
Ahead of forming the government, the Taliban’s top leaders in Kabul on Wednesday had initiated talks on setting up a new government. According to reports, hectic negotiations were going on between Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network over the formation of government in Afghanistan.
Reports also suggested that the militants have designed a government based on Iran’s model – an Islamic republic where the Supreme Leader is the head of state and the highest-ranking political and religious authority even above the president.
However, the Taliban are now facing the challenge of governing a nation of 38 million people that relies heavily on international aid, and imposing some form of Islamic rule on a population that is far more educated and cosmopolitan than it was when the group last governed Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
Thousands who had worked with the US and its allies, as well as up to 200 Americans, remained in the country after the massive airlift ended with the last US soldiers flying out of Kabul international airport just before midnight Monday.