Dead or alive? On the trail of the Taliban’s supreme leader

On October 30 – two months after a Taliban spokesman insisted Hibatullah Akhundzada was alive and well in Kandahar – rumours swirled in the southern city that the “emir” had delivered a speech at a Koranic school, or madrassa. Taliban officials gave their stamp of authenticity to his appearance at the Hakimia madrassa, releasing a …

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Taliban leader decrees Afghan women’s rights must be ‘enforced’

The decree centres on marriage and widows’ rights, stating “no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure” and that a widow is entitled to an unspecified fixed share of her husband’s inheritance. “The Islamic Emirate’s leadership directs all relevant organisations … to take serious action to enforce women’s rights,” the decree states, …

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Taliban fail to secure seat at United Nations

The UN committee was convened on Wednesday and delayed the decision over who will represent Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government and the military junta in Myanmar, Khaama Press reported on Thursday. The decision means that the representatives of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Military Junta will not be allowed to have seats at the 193-member world …

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