Taliban Upset As 50% Ministers Still On Sanctions List

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Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ghulam M. Isackzai said in a tweet on Wednesday that 17 out of the 33 new cabinet members of the Taliban are on the U.N. sanctions list. This includes the interim prime minister, both the deputy prime ministers, and the ministers for home, defence, and foreign affairs.

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Afghanistan is now the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan following the formation of an interim government by th Taliban. One of the group’s founders, Mullah Muhamad Hasan Ankhud, has been selected as the head of the government, i.e. equivalent to a Prime Minister. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Maulavi Abdul Salaam are the Deputy PMs in the caretaker government.

There are a total of 33 individuals in this interim government who have been entrusted with different ministries. Interestingly, around 50% of this new ‘cabinet’ is under sanctions by the United Nations (U.N.).


Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ghulam M. Isackzai said in a tweet on Wednesday that 17 out of the 33 new cabinet members of the Taliban are on the U.N. sanctions list. This includes the interim prime minister, both the deputy prime ministers, and the ministers for home, defence, and foreign affairs.

Information obtained from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) website by GoNews reveals that there is a large number of Taliban members under UN sanctions for terrorism. We found 15 names from the present caretaker dispensation that feature on the sanctions list, including the interim PM Mullah Muhamad Hasan Ankhud.

The Taliban, however, has strongly objected to the presence of their government’s ministers and leaders in global and U.S. terror sanctions lists, and say that this is a violation of the Doha Agreement between Taliban and the United States. In its statement on September 8, the group said: “Pentagon officials have remarked that some cabinet members of the Islamic Emirate or family members of the late Haqqani Sahib are on the US blacklists and still targets”, adding: “The Islamic Emirate considers this a clear violation of the Doha Agreement which is neither in the interest of the United States or Afghanistan”

Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanfi, both interim Deputy Prime Ministers, can also be found with UNSC sanctions on their names. Baradar served as the defence minister of the previous Taliban regime with Salam Hanfi as the education minister.

Media has reported that the Interior Minister of the present Taliban regime in Afhanistan, Sirajuddin Hqqani, has an Interpol notice on his head, apart from being under UNSC sanctions too.

The newly appointed Defence Minister of the Taliban government, Mullah Yakub Mujahid, has also been sanctioned by the U.N. Others in the present government who are considered terrorists by the U.N are:

· Haj Minister Maulavi Noor Muhammad Saki

· Foreign Minister Maulavi Amir Khan Muttaqi

· Refugees Minister Khalilur Rahman Haqqani

· Intelligence Minister Abdul Haq Wasiq (retained his ‘portfolio’ from the previous Taliban government)

· Water and Electricity Minister Maulavi Lateef Mansur

· Dy. Foreign Minister Sher Muhammad Abbas (Health Minister during the first Taliban regime)

· Dy. Interior Minister Nur Jalal

Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwah, who was the Governor of Herat province and Kabul, Taliban spokesperson, and Internal Affairs minister in the previous Taliban government has been given the information and broadcasting and industrial portfolio this time. Mullah Muhammad Isa Ankhud, who held the Water, Sanitation, and Electricity ministry in the previous Taliban government, has now been given the petroleum ministry.

It is noteworthy that the Taliban had talked of including women in governing the ‘Islamic Emirate’ but it has failed to follow through on it, since not a single woman has been given a place in the caretaker government. Similarly, the Taliban had also promised to include regional political parties of Afghanistan into the fold of the government, which again, has not happened.

United Nations sanctions are diplomatic tools available to be used against individuals, institutions, and countries. These sanctions are said to be applied for achieving and maintaining security objectives, peace, and international law. International sanctions are normally restrictions placed on country-specific individuals. Sanctions are applied on cultural, economic, trade, and diplomatic relations.

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