With the occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban started the exercise of forming a new government in the country, which can be formally announced today. Taliban sources told Reuters that Mullah Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, would lead the new government in Afghanistan.
Sources said Mullah Mohammad Yacoub, sons of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai will hold senior positions in the government. A formal announcement is still awaited, but preparations for the oath have begun at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Sources said Mulla Baradar will head the executive council, which will act on the directions of Amir-ul-Momin. The Executive Council will function as a cabinet.
The Taliban, which captured Kabul on 15 August, sweeping through much of the country. It is facing resistance in the Panjshir Valley, north of the capital, with heavy fighting and casualties reported.
The Taliban applied Sharia, or a radical form of Islamic law when they ruled from 1996 to 2001. But this time it has tried to present a more liberal face to the world, promising to protect human rights and avoid retaliation against old enemies.
The Taliban have promised a safe passage out of the country for any foreigners or Afghans who were left behind by the massive airlift, when US troops withdrew before the August 31 deadline. But with the Kabul airport still closed, many people are trying to escape from the ground.
Thousands of Afghans, some without documents, others with pending US visa applications, or families with mixed immigration status, are also waiting in “transit hubs” in third countries.