Taliban release photo of its new supreme leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada

Mawlavi-AkhundzadaAFGHANISTAN: The Taliban militants group released a photograph of the group’s newly-appointed supreme leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada.

No further details have been given regarding the background of Mawlavi Akhundzada who replaced Mullah Akhtar Mansoor 3 days after he was killed in a drone strike.

Meanwhile the former Afghan Intelligence Chief Rahmatullah Nabil has said Mawlavi Akhundzada was a village Mullah and has no military or political experience.

In a Twitter message, Nabil said the newly-appointed Taliban supreme leader is 56-year-old but lacks military and political experience.

He also added that one of his deputies, the 24-year-old Mullah Yaqoob, son of Mullah Mohammad Omar, also lacks military and political experience.

But according to Nabil, his other deputy, the leader of the Haqqani terrorist network, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be defacto leader of the group.

Earlier experts had warned that the appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani would be dangerous for the country amid concerns that the group would further intensify its attacks.

The Taliban group released a statement to confirm the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and appointment of Mawlavi Akhundzada and his deputies earlier today. -KP

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