Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a lesser-known Taliban leader on the UN terror list, will head a new “acting” government in Afghanistan. He emerged as a compromise candidate amid disagreements within the group.
Key points about Mullah Hassan Akhund:
Heads the Taliban leadership council and decision-making body, the “Rehbari Shura“, for 20 years.
Was a minister in the Taliban government in Afghanistan before the war with the US started in 2001.
He is known as a religious rather than a military leader and is believed to have close ties to the Taliban’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada.
He is from Kandahar, the hometown of the Taliban. He was one of the founders of the armed movement.
He approved the destruction of the iconic Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, calling it a “religious duty”.