Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a lesser known Taliban leader who is on the UN terror list, will lead a new ‘acting’ government in Afghanistan. He emerged as a compromise candidate amid disagreements within the group.
Key points on Mullah Hassan Akhund:
Has headed Taliban’s leadership council and decision-making body, the “Rehbari Shura“, for 20 years.
Was minister in the Taliban government in Afghanistan before the war with US started in 2001.
Known to be more of a religious than a military leader and is said to be close to Taliban’s spiritual leader Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada.
He is from Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban. He was among the founders of the armed movement.
He sanctioned the destruction of the iconic Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, declaring it a “religious duty”.