Afghanistan: Taliban names founder’s son Yaqoob as Defense Minister

Afghanistan: Taliban names founder’s son Yaqoob as Defense Minister
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Mohammad Yaqoob, son of late Taliban founder, Mullah Omar has been announced as Afghanistan’s acting Minister of Defence.

This was disclosed by the group’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid.

Omar founded the Taliban in 1994.

He became the head of state after he captured the Afghan capital of Kabul in 1996.

Omar died in 2013.

The group, which now holds sway after the United States withdrew on August 31, is taking steps to gain the uniform endorsement of the international community.

Taliban’s chief spokesman disclosed at a press briefing in Kabul on Tuesday that a cabinet was needed to create a clear path for the country.

“The Islamic Emirate decided to appoint and announce a caretaker cabinet to carry out the necessary government works,” Mujahid said.

The new caretaker government will be led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund while Abdul Ghani Baradar and Sirajuddin Haqqani will serve as deputy leader and minister of interior, Aljazeera reports.

Mujahid said the government will consist of 33 members.

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