KABUL: Zabihullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of information and culture of the caretaker government has praised Prime Minister Imran Khan, acknowledging his efforts to promote peace in Afghanistan.
During a press conference in Kabul, the Taliban expanded their interim cabinet by announcing a list of deputy ministers but failed to name any woman despite facing an international backlash.
He said that the current cabinet will remain as caretakers and that their leaders will decide on the way forward.
The rulers appointed 2 acting ministers, 11 deputy ministers. Nooruddin Azizi, a businessman from Panjshir, was appointed as the acting minister of commerce, while a businessman from Baghlan Mohammad Bashir was appointed as his deputy.
In response to a question on inclusivity of the cabinet, Mujahid says minorities are considered in the cabinet and that they are working to make it more inclusive.
Mujahid said that “We are working to complete the procedures so that girls can resume their education. Boys in grades 6 to 12 went back to school over the weekend.”
Mujahid further added that the WHO chairman’s visit to Kabul on Monday has raised hopes that some issues in the health sector will be addressed in the near future.
Mujahid called on all those criticising the Taliban to recognise its government in Afghanistan and “behave responsibly” towards it. He said that those who recognise the Taliban administration in Afghanistan can then raise issues legally with the new government.
“We will work towards resolving their concerns after they recognise the Afghan government,” he said.
“Our operations against Daesh have been successful in the past,” said the deputy minister, adding that the Taliban knew how to deal them a technical blow.
He condemned the terrorist incidents in Nangarhar and Jalalabad, adding that the new government will soon restore peace to the areas.