The secretive supreme leader of the Taliban told the newly appointed government on Tuesday to enforce Sharia law, in his first message since the hardline movement took power.
“I assure all compatriots that the figures will work hard to enforce Islamic rules and Sharia law in the country,” Hibatullah Akhundzada, who has never been seen in public, said in a statement released in English.
Achundzada told Afghans the new leadership would ensure “lasting peace, prosperity and development”, adding that “people should not try to leave the country”.
“The Islamic emirate has no problem with anyone,” he said.
“Everyone will participate in strengthening the system and Afghanistan and in this way we will rebuild our war-torn country.”
Akhundzada’s public profile is largely limited to releasing messages during Islamic holidays, but the group has shed some light on his whereabouts following its takeover of Afghanistan.
“He is present in Kandahar,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said after they took power.
Another spokesman had said Akhundzada would appear in public “soon”.
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