Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities for the primary time printed clear photographs of appearing Inside Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani on Saturday.
Haqqani, carrying a black turban and white scarf, made a uncommon public look at a commencement ceremony for newly recruited Afghan cops. They’re the primary class to graduate from the police academy below the Taliban’s rule.
He final appeared within the public eye in October, although his photographs have been blurred by the Taliban at the moment.
Haqqani informed officers in a speech that he was showing within the media for “your satisfaction and for constructing your belief.”
He added he was displaying his face so “you might know the way a lot worth we have now with our management.”
Taliban Inside Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani evaluations new Afghan police recruits in Kabul
What did Haqqani say?
Haqqani stated in a speech in entrance of reporters, his first since being named Inside Minister, that Taliban safety officers who dedicated crimes in opposition to Afghan civilians have been present process prison proceedings.
He stated that “some misconduct” occurred as Taliban fighters transitioned into their new roles of governing a rustic. He added they have been present process coaching.
Round 377 women and men graduated as cops on Saturday.
Haqqani additionally commented on the graduating ladies, saying “as we speak our sisters are with us on this ceremony, they’re receiving their commencement diplomas and are being appointed in several jobs.”
Since returning to energy in August 2021, The Taliban have imposed restrictive guidelines on ladies’ training and ladies’s participation in public life. It isn’t clear what number of ladies graduated as officers on Saturday.
Haqqani additionally added that the Taliban have been dedicated to the Doha settlement, a confidence-building deal signed with the US in February 2021. The deal set into movement the drawdown of US troops that had been a key Taliban demand.
Haqqani stated the worldwide group shouldn’t see his authorities as a menace and international assist was wanted to revive the nation.
Haqqani, a delegated US terrorist
Sirajuddin Haqqani, believed to be in his 40s, is the son of the founding father of the Haqqani community, a robust subset of the Taliban that was established within the Seventies.
The US has designated Sirajuddin Haqqani as one among its most-wanted terrorists, providing a reward of as much as $10 million for info for his arrest. The US stated Haqqani maintains “shut ties” to Al Qaeda and has accused him of masterminding a string of terror assaults.
Earlier than the Taliban took energy in 2020, Haqqani was essentially the most senior of the three deputies to the Taliban’s supreme chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada.
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