The pinnacle of the Haqqani Community, probably probably the most highly effective of all of the Taliban factions, is closest to Pakistan’s ISI. His community has been chargeable for a lot of the assaults on Indian pursuits in Afghanistan, together with on the Indian embassy in July 2008 that killed 58 folks.
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For India, there are a couple of takeaways from the new appointments — the Doha political office finds no favour and Sher Mohammed Stanekzai, who was the political face of the Taliban in Doha, does not find mention in the list. He recently met the Indian ambassador to Qatar as part of an official outreach. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led the negotiations to the Doha peace deal, is a first deputy, indicating that he and his faction came second in the power sweepstakes.
Mullah Hassan Akhund, the new PM, a low-key, pre-9/11 Taliban leader close to Mullah Omar, was reportedly responsible for the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, but lacks a power base of his own. That leaves the reins of power in the hands of the Haqqanis.
Second, the overt ascent of Haqqani, a specially designated global terrorist by the UNSC with a bounty on his head, shows the hold Pakistan’s ISI has on the new government. This is a deal stitched by the Pakistan ISI chief Faiz Hameed. However, have they overplayed their hand?
The Haqqani Community is probably the most violent and ruthless factor in Afghanistan, and at the moment controls the safety of Kabul. They’re additionally those with ties to each ISKP and al-Qaida. Taliban’s new chief of military workers Qari Fasihuddin hails from Badakhshan, with reported shut hyperlinks with ETIM and different jihadi teams.
Bilal Sarwary, Afghan journalist and commentator tweeted, “The Taliban’s “new” cupboard with the appointment of ruthless assassins like Seraj Haqqani, Waseeq, Taj Mir and others in key safety & intelligence positions is a warning signal. … the appointments present probably the most clear indication the group’s modus operandi hasn’t modified. The absence of Qayum Zakir, Sadar Ibrahim and Daud Mozamil present the Haqqanis have for now emerged victorious within the wrestle for energy between Loy Kandahar and Loy Paktia.”
Nearly 18 of the 33 cupboard members are underneath UNSC 1267 sanctions as international terrorists. This contains Akhund. 4 of the notorious “Guantanamo 5” — the Taliban leaders freed in change for US solider Bowe Bergdahl — are in positions of energy.
Pakistan, which is the Taliban’s major benefactor, is unlikely to ship exemptions to those sanctions. In actual fact, till the top of 2022, India holds the chair within the Taliban sanctions committee. Provided that no one has but recognised the Taliban authorities, the query is, who will suggest their exemption? With out such exemptions, how will the Taliban run the nation, significantly in the event that they don’t get entry to worldwide finance?
The Taliban cupboard as it’s, can deepen ethnic faultiness, on condition that it’s virtually wholly Pashtun from southern and south-eastern Afghanistan. There aren’t any Hazaras, Uzbeks, Tajiks or some other ethnic group. There may be nothing on ladies’s affairs, whereas the obscurantist ministry for the promotion of advantage and prevention of vice is again (in Taliban 1.0, that was the job of the present emir, Haibatullah Akhundzada). Their first pronouncement on Wednesday was to ban ladies’s sports activities.
Eventually, these faultlines will categorical themselves as opposition. Protests have began and will likely be put down brutally. However for the way lengthy.