Cabinet of prime minister Akhund

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The executive power of the government of Afghanistan is headed by prime minister Hasan Akhund. His time in power started in 2021.

Events[change | change source]

Women can not be a part of the Cabinet, the Taliban said in early September 2021.[1]

Russia said that it will not take part "in the inauguration event for the new government of Afghanistan if it is held on the 9/11 anniversary", media said on September 10, 2021; After Russia said that, the event was moved to another day.[2]

There are worries about the Freedom of the press: "at least 14 journalists" were arrested "and then released" (or set free) over a two-day period; Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that, and media told about that on September 10, 2021.[3]

As of September 21, the Cabinet has "members of ethnic minorities, such as the Hazaras", said Zabihullah Mujahid; the Cabinet has vice ministers; the Cabinet still has no women.[4]

[The government, or] Taliban said in 2021 that "they will ask members of the police force to come back to work to maintain Kabul security along with Taliban forces", said CNN-News18.[5] The members of the police force had stopped coming to work, after Taliban took control of Kabul in August.

Two noted groups within the Taliban and the government, are "the Haqqani and those who support [...] Abdul Ghani Baradar", media has said.[6]

Bomb attacks[change | change source]

On October 3, a bomb attack at a mosque in Kabul killed [at least] 5 people; When people were leaving a prayer ceremony for the mother of deputy minister Zabiullah Mujahid, the bomb exploded.[7]

Over 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a mosque in Kunduz.[8][9][10]

Relationships with other countries[change | change source]

The government has relationships with other countries. In September, the foreign minister of Quatar visited Afghanistan, for talks with the prime minister.[11]

The United Nations has a political mission in Afghanistan; the political mission is scheduled to stay at least six months more, "with a focus on development issues", media said in September.[12]

As of 2022's second quarter, the Taliban government does not have formal recognition by any country.[13][14]

China has diplomatic contact with the Taliban government.[15]

Ministers (or members of the Cabinet)[change | change source]

Ministers of the Islamic Emirate are:

Position Name
Prime minister Akhund, Hasan Time in power: since September 2021; acting or interim.[16][17] When he came to power, the Taliban were already in military control of most of the country; Hibatullah Akhundzada became head of Taliban in 2016; Taliban said in October 2021 that he died in 2020.[18]
Interior minister Haqqani, Sirajuddin In September 2021, he became head of Ministry of Interior Affairs[19]
Foreign minister Muttaqi, Amir Khan From September 2021; acting or interim.[16][19]
Finance minister Hidayatullah Badri Since September 2021[20]
Economy minister Din Mohammad Hanif Since September 2021[21]
Defense minister Mohammad Yaqoob Since September 2021[19]
Justice minister Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai
Since September 2021[20]
Public health minister Qalandar Ibad Since 2021[22]
Trade or commerce minister Nooruddin Azizi Since 2021. His ethnicity is Tajik.[23]
Information minister Khairullah Khairkhwa
Since September 2021[20]
Education minister Noorullah Munir Acting or interim, since August 2021[21]
Higher education minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani Acting or interim, since August 2021[24]
Hajj or pilgrimage minister Noor Mohammad Saqib Since September 2021[21]
Border and tribal affairs minister Norullah Noori
Since September 2021[21]
Rural rehabilitation and development minister Mohammad Younus Akhundzada Since September 2021[21]
Public works minister Abdul Manan Omari Since September 2021[21]
Mines and petroleum Minister Shahabuddin Delawar Since November 2021[21]
Water and energy minister Abdul Latif Mansoor Since September 2021[21]
Aviation and transport minister Hamidullah Akhundzada Since September 2021[21]
Telecommunication minister Najibullah Haqqani Since September 2021[21]
Refugees minister Khalil Haqqani Since September 2021[21]
Religious observances minister (or minister for the propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice) Sheikh Mohammad Khalid Since September 2021[21]

Deputy ministers and directors[change | change source]

Position Name
Deputy prime minister Baradar, Abdul Ghani
From September 7, 2021; acting or interim.[16][17] He "has [...] gone missing", said journalist Emma Graham-Harrison on September 14.[25]
[Second] deputy prime minister Hanafi, Abdul Salam From September 7, 2021; acting or interim.[16][17]
Chief of intelligence Wasiq, Abdul Haq
From 2021; acting or interim.[21]
Deputy minister of defense "Zakir", Abdul Qayyum From September 2021; acting or interim
Deputy minister of information and culture Mujahid, Zabiullah From September 2021; acting or interim


As of [the third quarter of] 2021, the Taliban government does not have "formal recognition by the majority of [countries in the world, or] the international community".[14]

Women can not be a part of the Cabinet, the Taliban said in early September.[1]

Former ministers[change | change source]

Ministers of the Islamic Emirate who have quit or who changed job in the Cabinet of Afghanistan, are:

Position Name
Finance minister Gul Agha Ishakzai From August [to September] 2021[26][27]
Defense minister Abdul Qayyum "Zakir" From August [to September] 2021; acting or interim[28]
Education minister Hemat Akhundzada From August [to September] 2021[29]
Interior minister Ibrahim Sadr From August [to September] 2021[27]
Public health minister Wahid Majrooh Time in power ended September 2021;[22] Earlier in September 2021, he was the only minister from the government of prime minister Ghani, that still showed up at work in Kabul.[30][31] He became acting (or interim) minister in January 2021.[32]

Chief of intelligence [was from August 2021] Najibullah; Pajhwok Afghan News said that, and other media told about that on 24 August.[27]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hakimi, Amina (2021-09-04). "Protest in Kabul to Preserve Rights Turns Violent". TOLOnews. Archived from the original on 2021-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  2. CNN-News18. Retrieved 10 September 2021. "[...] Russia told the Doha peace negotiation team that it will not participate in the inauguration event if it is held on the 9/11 anniversary"
  3. "Afghanistan: Journalists tell of beatings by Taliban". BBC News. 2021-09-09. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  4. Retrieved 21 September 2021
  5. Retrieved 16 September 2021. "In a recent move, the Taliban said they will call back the former government police to maintain Kabul security along with Taliban forces."
  6. "OPINION: Finally, Taliban are on the Receiving End". 17 September 2021.
  7. "Taliban Say Islamic State Cell Destroyed in 'Decisive' Ops After Mosque Attack in Kabul". 4 October 2021.
  8. "Afghanistan: Dozens killed as blast hits Kunduz mosque". Al Jazeera. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  9. "More than 100 killed and wounded in mosque blast in northeastern Afghanistan - UN". Reuters. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  10. "At least 100 killed in Afghanistan's Kunduz mosque blast: Taliban official". Kabul, Afghanistan. WION. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  11. Retrieved 16 September 2021
  12. Retrieved 14 September 2021
  13. Retrieved 2 June 2022
  14. 14.0 14.1 Scott R. Anderson. Retrieved 31 August 2021
  15. Retrieved 20 September 2021
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Taliban's New Govt has 5 UN-designated Terrorists. $10 Mn Bounty on Interior Minister". 7 September 2021.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Taliban name new Afghan government, interior minister on U.S. Sanctions list". Reuters. 8 September 2021.
  18. Retrieved 16 October 2021
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 "Dette er Talibans nye regjering: – Kraftig signal". 7 September 2021.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 "Hardliners get key posts in new Taliban government". BBC News. 7 September 2021.
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 "Taliban Announces Head of State, Acting Ministers". TOLOnews. 2021-09-07. Archived from the original on 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "The Taliban Announce Remaining Cabinet Members". 21 September 2021. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  23. Retrieved 24 September 2021
  24. "Taliban: Male and Female Students to Study in Separate Classrooms". TOLOnews. 2021-08-29. Archived from the original on 2021-08-29. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  25. Retrieved 14 September 2021
  26. Beaumont, Peter (2021-08-24). "Top US spy reportedly meets Taliban leader in Kabul amid evacuation chaos". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Retrieved 24 August 2021
  28. "Taliban appoints former Guantanamo detainee as acting defense minister, Al Jazeera says". Thomson Reuters. 2021-08-24. Archived from the original on 2021-08-28. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  29. "Taliban appoints head of central bank, minister of education". Khaama Press. 24 August 2021.
  30. "The Taliban announce Afghanistan's new government". The Economist. 2021-09-07. Archived from the original on 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  31. Dagsavisen. Retrieved 12 September 2021. "Han er den eneste statsråden fra Ashraf Ghanis avsatte regjering som fortsatt møter på jobb i Kabul" [He is the only minister from the Ashraf Ghani Cabinet, that still shows up at work in Kabul]
  32. Retrieved 12 September 2021. "On 28 January 2021, [... President Ghani], in addition to Dr. Majrooh’s current responsibilities, as Deputy Minister for Health Care Services Provision, designated him as the Acting Minister of Public Health."

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