The Taliban shocked the entire world when they barged into the capital City of Kabul on 14th of August, as The United States evacuated it’s army from the war torn country of Afghanistan. The Afghanistan government fell apart, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with a helicopter and three cars fully loaded with cash. Who are the Taliban? They are Pakistan backed extremist Islamic Political-Religious and Military group. Here are the list of Taliban’s seven of the most influential men in the organization.
Hibatullah Akhundzada (Supreme Commander)
Since May 2016, Hibatullah Akhundzada has been the supreme commander of the Taliban. He was born in 1961 and nobody believes that he is in 60s. He is more popularly known as a religious leader than a military commander. In the 1980s, Akhundzada was part of the Islamist resistance against the Soviet forces. He has never been seen in public after becoming the top leader of Taliban. Also, he is one of the frontrunners to the President post.
Abdul Ghani Baradar (Deputy Leader)
In 1994, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was one of the four men who founded the Taliban. He returned to Afghanistan after 20 years. He is one of the strongest candidates for the face of presidency. He is the Taliban’s deputy leader and is the main public face of the Taliban. There are mostly chances that he is going to be the head of the next government. In Qatar, Mullah Abdul Ghani was the head of the Political party of Taliban.
Sirajuddin Haqqani (Taliban’s Deputy Leader)
Sirajuddin Haqqani is the leader of Haqqani network. He became the 2nd Deputy Leader of Taliban after the 2016 groups merged. Sirajuddin Haqqani wants to oversee finances and military assets between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He took the reins after his father’s death. Now he is one of the top leaders of the Taliban.
Mohammad Yaqoob (Military Leader)
Mohammad Yaqoob is the son of Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Mohammed Omar. He is the youngest in the top leadership of Taliban. He is just 30 years old. Currently, Mohammad Yaqoob is the in-charge of the Taliban’s military operations. Also, he is likely to supervise the group’s military activities with Sirajuddin Haqqani. According to news reports he was educated in a seminary from Pakistan. Currently, he is living in Afghanistan.
Abdul Hakeem Haqqani (Top Negotiator)
Abdul Hakeem Haqqani is the head of the Taliban negotiating team. It is believed that Abdul Hakeem Haqqani is close to the Supreme Commander Akhunzada. Hakeem Haqqani also heads the senior council of religious scholars. He heads the negotiating team in charge of Taliban. He is around 60 years old but nobody can believe this because of his behaviour and attitude. Abdul Hakeem Haqqani used to run a madrassa in Quetta of Pakistan.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai (Key Diplomat)
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai is a fluent English speaker and traveled the world extensively as deputy foreign minister when the militants last controlled power in Afghanistan. He is the deputy negotiator of Abdul Hakim Haqqani on talks with Afghanistan. He visited many countries like Washington on a failed mission to convince the Clinton administration and China to talk to the Government officials.
Zabihullah Mujahed (Main Spokesman)
Zabihullah Mujahed addressed the Taliban’s first press conference in Kabul, this week. He plays an important role conveying the group’s message to the international community. On August 17, 2021 he was seen in public for the first time during the media interaction. Mujahed was the person who communicated with journalists only over the phone or via text messages, during the 20 years of war between Taliban and Afghanistan. He is the main spokesman for the Taliban leaders.