Reactions has been started to pour in after Taliban announced the formation of an interim government, considered a hard-line one, more than three weeks after the Islamic radical group takes over the charge of Afghanistan.
The top positions of the Afghan government were filled up with leaders of the militant group who were active in a US-led war for the last 20 years.
Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a close aide of the Taliban’s late founder Mohammad Omar, has been named as acting prime minister.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group’s co-founders, was appointed his deputy while Mohammed Yaqoob, a son of Omar, was appointed acting defense minister of the interim government, according to the Taliban announcement.
No woman was inducted in the cabinet despite the fact that Taliban had promised to make an inclusive administration soon after they took over control of Kabul on August 15. Instead of their promise to have moderate Islamic practice, the hard-line group now pursue for Islamic Sariah law in the central Asian nation.
After the announcement, the Taliban seeks international recognition and desperately needed aid. Without access to funds frozen by the US and other nations as well as the International Monetary Fund, Afghanistan faces a deteriorating humanitarian and economic situation.
Global leaders and lenders are still waiting to see how the Taliban will treat opposition, women, as well as religious and ethnic minorities, reported CNN.
It said, Iran’s Foreign Minister talked to Afghanistan’s former prime minister Hamid Karzai in a telephone call. He called for an Afghan government based on dialogue between all groups and emphasized the need to form an inclusive government that is reflective of the country’s diverse ethnic composition.
“We represent the whole of Afghanistan, and we talk on the level of the whole of Afghanistan and our struggle was based on the whole of Afghanistan. We are not people of one tribe or ethnicity, neither do we believe in this,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday, announcing the interim government.
The United States has been concerned with the Tuesday’s Taliban announcement with figures linked to attacks on American forces during their stay in the war-torn nation. The US State Department said it was still assessing the development in Kabul.