Afghan Ministry of Defense is headed by former Guantanamo detainee

The Taliban appointed Abdul Qayyum Zakir, who had previously served time in the U.S. prison Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, as acting Minister of Defense of Afghanistan. This was reported on Wednesday, August 25, by the television channel Al Jazeera.

According to the channel, Zakir was in charge of major military operations of the Taliban. He was detained by the U.S. military after the start of the operation in Afghanistan in 2001 and imprisoned at Bagram Air Base, and then transferred to Guantanamo.

It is noted that after his release Zakir rejoined the movement.

The day before it was reported that the Taliban leadership was planning to form a council to govern the country, as well as the intention of the Taliban to include some members of the previous government of Afghanistan.

It was pointed out that the three most influential people in the council should become the leader of the Taliban’s political wing Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s military commission – the son of the movement’s founder Mullah Omar Mowlawi Yakub, and the field commander and head of the subversive group “Network Haqqani” Sirajuddin Haqqani. It was noted that seven candidates for the council had already been agreed upon.

On August 21, the Taliban announced the presentation of the new system of governance in Afghanistan. It was noted that the new form of government would be aimed at protecting the rights of the entire population. High-ranking Taliban leader Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani reported that the militants had introduced an amnesty for all former Afghan government officials, including former president Ashraf Ghani.

In addition, the Taliban spokesman said that Afghanistan will have a new constitution, which is necessary in an emergency situation in the country. According to him, at the moment it is necessary to meet the needs of the people, overcome the vacuum and then take other steps.