The Taliban Supreme Leader reassigned several officials from one position to another, including the Taliban Minister of Education, in a decree that also made other changes to the current Taliban government.

The Taliban government’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, released a list of recent appointments on Tuesday, September 20.

The Taliban leader has replaced 13 positions at the central and provincial levels, according to the list, transferring from one to the other.

Noorullah Munir, the Taliban’s acting minister of education, has been replaced by Habibullah Agha, the current head of the Kandahar Provincial Council, in one of the most significant changes.

This is the first time Hibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban has jointly appointed multiple officials, without stating the reason for the replacements.

Noorullah Munir, the former acting Minister of Education previously stated that people in remote rural areas do not want to send their 16-year-old girls to school despite demands for the reopening of girls’ secondary and high schools in Afghanistan.

However, following the Taliban official’s remarks, many social media users shared images and videos of people in several provinces, including Kandahar, who wanted to reopen girls’ schools for girls.

Despite that, the school doors have been shut for girls and their access to education has remained an unsolved issue, alarming rights organizations and the international community.

About other appointments, Mullah Mohammad Shoaib Akhund was replaced as governor of Panjshir by Mawlawi Mohammad Mohsen Hashemi, the former deputy minister of Interior, while Shoaib Akhund was named governor of Logar province.

Both Mawlawi Najibullah Badakhshi and Makhdoom Alam, two former Taliban commanders, are appointed as Taliban chief of police in the provinces of Ghazni and Laghman, respectively.

Further information indicates that Qari Mohammad Ismail Rasekh, the Taliban’s current governor in Takhar, has been transferred to chief of police in Jawzjan province, and Mawlawi Zia al-Rahman Madani, a former member of the Taliban’s political office, has been named governor of Takhar.

While all the appointments and replacements have been made among the Taliban group, the international community stresses the establishment of an inclusive government, which also is one of the prerequisites of the international recognition of the Taliban.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).