• Taliban's Supreme Leader Haibatullah Akhundzada Likely To Be Afghanistan's New Ruler

    Haibatullah Akhundzada, also called “Leader of the Faithful", is Taliban’s supreme leader

    With the Taliban taking control over Afghanistan in a matter of days, speculations are high that the group's supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada is likely to be the country's next ruling council head.

    In an interview with Reuters, a senior Taliban commander said that the Afghanistan government will be changed to take the form of a ruling council that will operate based on Sharia law. The commander added that Akhundzada might take charge of the council.

    Who is Haibatullah Akhundzada?

    Haibatullah Akhundzada, also called “Leader of the Faithful", is Taliban’s supreme leader. He holds the final authority over the group’s political, religious and military affairs. 

    Akhundzada is also an Islamic legal scholar and for 15 years before his disappearance on May 16, he used to teach at a mosque in Kuchlak, a town in southwestern Pakistan. 

    According to reports, he is around 50 years and is more of a scholar than a soldier. He has been credited with issuing many of the group's more extreme interpretations of Islam. He also served as a deputy to previous Taliban chief Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed in a US drone strike on May 21. Mansour had named him as his successor in his will.

    As per reports, Akhundzada's religious views are extreme and he is unlikely to change the group's direction. 
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