Taliban acting Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund in his younger age – Image Credit: Ador Bustamante/Gulf News

Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the acting Prime Minister of Taliban broke the silence and spoke for the first time since his appointment following the criticizes in social media about him not speaking.

Afghanistan’s National Radio and Television broadcasted Mohammad Hassan Akhund’s audio speech on Saturday evening where he accused the former President of Afghanistan of corruption and funds embezzlement.

“Ghani had established a bank inside the Presidential palace”, Akhund said in his speech addressing the Afghan nation.

Ordinary Taliban soldiers found the bulk of cash in the Presidential palace which was left behind Ghani and his team while escaping, he added.

Akhund also touched on the general amnesty the Taliban had announced and said any former civilian and military servants and officials are covered under the general amnesty they have announced.

“Only those who commit crimes will be punished”, he said.

About women’s rights, he said the Taliban are committed to respecting women’s rights as per the Islamic law and better than the former administration, but he did not provide clarification on how the Taliban regime will provide freedom to women in Afghanistan and recognize their rights.

On the poverty, he said the Taliban have not promised to feed the nation, people must ‘beg God’ for food.

Mohammad Hassan Akhund has been a key member of the Taliban regime since the establishment of this movement. He has served as Kandahar governor, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the former Taliban administration (1996-2001).

Mohammad Hassan Akhund and Sher Mohammad Abbas Sanikzai are on the UN sanctions list.

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