Taliban can set an example if follow ‘real’ Sharia law: Mufti | The Express Tribune

Former chief minister of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that the Taliban can set an example for the world if they follow the ‘real’ Sharia law.

“The Taliban is emerging as a reality. They had an image of anti-human rights during their first rule [in the 1990s]. They have come to power again and if they want to govern Afghanistan, they should follow the real Sharia law and not their interpretation of it,” she said while talking to the Indian media quoted by the ANI.

Mufti said that if the Taliban follow the ‘real’ Sharia and govern Afghanistan that way, they will be able to share business relations with other countries of the world.

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She, however, noted that if the group go back to their old regime of the 1990s, it will be trouble for the entire world and especially for Afghanistan.

The development comes a day after the Taliban announced a new caretaker government in Afghanistan, giving top posts to those fighters who dominated the 20-year battle against the coalition and its Afghan government allies.

At a press conference in capital Kabul, chief Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid unveiled a 33-member cabinet, which included Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund as the new prime minister, while the group’s top negotiator with the US Mullah Ghani Baradar to be his deputy.

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There are no women in the new interim government, which has been announced after the approval of Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah. According to the Taliban spokesperson, both Mullah Akhund and Mullah Baradar were nominated to the two top posts by Mullah Haibatullah.

Other ministers are Maulvi Abdul Hakeem, minister for justice; Khalilur Rehman for refugee affairs; Mullah Hidayatullah Badari, excise and taxation; Maulvi Noorullah Muneer, customs; Qari Deen Hanif, economy; Maulvi Noor Muhammad Saqib, Hajj and Auqaf; Mullah Noorullah Noori, state and frontier regions; Mullah Muhammad Younas Akhundzada, minerals; Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, preaching and forbidding sins; Mullah Abdul Manan Umari, general discipline; Haji Mullah Muhammad Esa Akhund, petroleum; Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor, power and energy; Mullah Hamidullah Akhundzada, transport and aviation; Maulvi Abdul Baqi Haqqani, customs; Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq, general and public intelligence; and Maulvi Ahmed Jan Ahmadi, works.

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