Hibatullah Akhundzada

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Hibatullah Akhundzada
ھِبت الله اخوندزاده
Head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan[1]
Assumed office
7 September 2021
Prime MinisterHasan Akhund (acting)
Preceded byAshraf Ghani (as President)
3rd Supreme Leader of the Taliban
Assumed office
25 May 2016
Preceded byAkhtar Mansour
Personal details
Panjwayi District, Kingdom of Afghanistan (now Panjwayi District, Afghanistan)
Political party Taliban
Military service
Allegiance Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Hibatullah Akhundzada (Pashto: هبت الله اخونزاده; Arabic: هبة الله أخوند زاده Haibatullāh Aḫūnd Zādah; born 1961)[2] became the leader of the Taliban in 2016. In August 2021, he became the 3rd Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan following the Fall of Kabul.

He is a hardline religious scholar.[3]

Pashtun is his ethnic group, and he belongs to the Noorzai tribe.[4][2]

He is also known by the honorifics Mawlawi and Mullah.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Taliban announce new government for Afghanistan". BBC News. 2021-09-07. Archived from the original on 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Afghan Taliban announce successor to Mullah Mansour". BBC News. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. Staff writer (26 May 2016). "Profile: New Taliban chief Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada". BBC News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  4. Burnett 2020, p. 57.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Burnett, M. Troy (2020). Nationalism Today: Extreme Political Movements Around the World [2 Volumes]. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1440850003.