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Taliban announces new caretaker government, names ministers

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(Last Updated On: September 7, 2021)

The Taliban announced a new caretaker government on Tuesday evening and said the acting head of state will be Mullah Hassan Akhund.  

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid made the announcement and said the new acting prime minister will be Mullah Hassan Akhund.

The Taliban swept to power more than three weeks ago when former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. 

The Taliban has however been working on the formation of a new government since mid-August. 

According to Mujahid, the acting ministers are as follows:

1-      Mullah Hassan Akhand has been appointed as Acting Prime Minister.

2-     Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been appointed as acting Deputy Prime Minister

3-     Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi has been appointed as acting Deputy Prime Minister

4-     Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been appointed as Acting Defense Minister

5-     Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani has been appointed as Acting Interior Minister

6-     Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed as Acting Foreign Affairs Minister

7-     Mawlawi Hidayatullah Badri has been appointed as Acting Finance Minister

8-     Shaikh Mawlawi Noorullah Munir, has been appointed as Acting Education Minister

9-     Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah has been appointed as Acting Minister of Information and Culture

10-  Qari Din Hanif, has been appointed as Acting Economy Minister

11-  Shaikh Mawlawi Noor Mohammad Saqib Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs

12-  Mawlawi Abdul Hakim Shari has been appointed as Acting Justice Minister

13-  Noorullah Noori has been appointed as Acting Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs

14-  Mullah Mohammad Younus Akhund has been appointed as Acting Minister for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

15-  Shaikh Mohammad Khalid has been appointed as Acting Minister for the Ministry of Amr Bil Maroof Nahi Anil Munkar (Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong)

16-  Mullah Abdul Manan Omari has been appointed as Acting Public Works Minister

17-  Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund has been appointed as Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum

18-  Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour has been appointed as Acting Minister for Water and Electricity

19-  Mullah Hamidullah Akhund has been appointed as Acting Minister of Aviation and Transport

20-  Mawlawi Abdul Baqi Haqqani has been appointed as Acting Higher Education Minister

21-  Mawlawi Najibullah Haqqani has been appointed as Acting Communications Minister

22-  Haji Khalil-ul-Rahman Haqqani has been appointed as Acting Refugee Minister

23-  Mawlawi Abdul Haq Wasiq has been appointed as Acting Chief of General Intelligence

24-  Haji Mohammad Edriss has been appointed as Acting Head of Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan)

25-  Mawlawi Ahmad Jan Ahmadi has been appointed as Acting Head of Administration Office

26-  Mullah Mohammad Fazil Mazloom has been appointed as Deputy Defense Minister

27-  Qari Fasihudin has been appointed as Chief of Army Staff

28-  Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai has been appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister

29-  Mawlawi Noor Jalal has been appointed as Deputy Interior Minister

30-  Zabihullah Mujahid has been appointed as Deputy Minister for Information and Culture

31-  Mullah Taj Mir Jawad has been appointed as First Deputy Intelligence Chief

32-  Mullah Rahmatullah Najib has been appointed as Deputy Administration of General Intelligence

33-  Mullah Abdul Haq Akhund has been appointed as Deputy Interior Minister for Counter Narcotics

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Health officials and experts meet in Kabul over spread of lumpy skin disease

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A seminar was held in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing spread of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in livestock in Afghanistan.

Experts from Kabul University, along with representatives of the Ministries of Public Health, Agriculture and Livestock and municipalities met Tuesday to discuss the dangers of this virus.

Delegates attending the seminar pointed out the need to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.

According to health officials, this virus is transmitted by some species of mosquitoes, ticks and other blood-feeding insects but is not transmitted to humans.

“This virus has spread from eastern and southeastern provinces such as Laghman, Nangarhar and Kunar, but currently, this virus does not have a vaccine, and fortunately, this disease does not transmit to humans,” said Shirshah Sadat, dean of Kabul University’s Faculty of Veterinary Sciences.

Nasir Ahmad, the representative of the Ministry of Public Health also said: “This virus is problematic for food health, especially for people suffering from malnutrition.”

“This virus is transmitted from one animal to another by mosquitoes and flies and the source of its transmission should be eliminated, and quarantine and vaccines are said to be good ways to fight this disease,” said Asadullah Samadi, a university professor.

The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said that a campaign to curb the spread of this virus will be launched in cooperation with international organizations in all provinces in the near future.

The virus has in recent years been detected in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman and southeastern provinces of Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar and Ghazni.

The disease was endemic in many African countries for years, but spread to other parts of the world over the years. The disease first appeared in South Asia in July 2019, with Bangladesh reporting an outbreak. A month later, it was identified in India – which has the world’s largest bovine population – and then in China.

The infection is caused by the Capripox virus – which is genetically similar to the viruses that cause goat pox and sheep pox – and has been termed “an emerging threat to livestock worldwide” by health experts.

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Two IEA forces and 4 Daesh fighters killed in Kabul clash 

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Four Daesh militants were killed and a fifth was arrested in an operation in Kabul on Wednesday. 

According to Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), forces had conducted a raid on an “important nest of the enemy” in Karte-e-Sakhi area in PD3. 

The operation was launched at about 11.30am but a shootout between IEA and Daesh militants broke out, which lasted several hours. The situation was eventually brought under control and a cache of weapons and ammunition was recovered. 

Mujahid said in a series of tweets that the Daesh cell had been planning to attack Shiites in the Kart-e-Sakhi area during the upcoming Muharram. 

Meanwhile, the ministry of interior said in a statement that two security personnel, including a policewoman, were killed in the standoff and four IEA soldiers were wounded. 

 

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Iranian energy ministry delegation to visit Kabul over water rights

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Iran is reportedly sending a delegation from the ministry of energy affairs to Afghanistan to discuss their water share rights regarding the Helmand River.

According to Iran’s IRNA news agency, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in a phone conversation that he is dispatching the delegation in the near future in order to resolve issues around water.

IRNA reported that Amirabdollahian raised the issue of recent heavy rainfall in Afghanistan and expressed hope that the “artificially created obstacles” in the way of the flow of water towards Iran will be eliminated and Iran will receive its water share from the Helmand River.

Amirabdollahian also reportedly told Muttaqi that receiving their share of water will be an important index for Kabul in terms of showing how committed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is about meeting “their international commitments”, IRNA reported.

Amirabdollahian said the people of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan and their representatives in Parliament are seriously demanding their share of water and that unless the issue is resolved quickly, “it will affect the other issues in bilateral cooperation negatively”, IRNA reported.

According to IRNA, Muttaqi in turn welcomed the delegation’s upcoming visit and said Afghanistan is committed to giving Iran their share of water from the Helmand River, which flows into the country.

Amirabdollahian said that a joint team of technicians will survey the river’s path and ensure both countries benefit from the water.

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