Taliban leaders biography attended Islamabad meeting
KABUL (Pajhwok): In addition to prominent Taliban officials who attended Islamabad’s meeting, some new faces of the group have also emerged among them during the recent talks held in Murree, a tourist resort spot in Pakistan.
The long-awaited round of talks was hosted by Pakistan while officials from China and US attended the negotiation process as observers.
The first confirmed direct contact singled the start of a formal peace process to end the 13-year-old war in Afghanistan and yielded optimism.
The representatives of both sides decided to continue the negotiations as the second phase of the meeting would be hold after the month of Ramadan.
The names of the Afghan and Taliban representatives of the meeting have not yet formally identified but sources say Afghan government delegation included Haji Din Mohammad head of the delegation, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Eng. Asim, Faizullah Zaki, Mohammad Natiqi and Farhadullah Farhad.
Political analysts say in addition to former Taliban representatives who participated in Chinese city of Urumqi talks, some two or three new Taliban officials were also present in Islamabad peace talks.
Political analysts Mohammad Hassan Haqyar and Wahid Muzhda confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the following Taliban officials participated in Islamabad meeting.
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani:
Wahid Muzhda said that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani was a close aide of Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban. He had also served as governor of Kandahar province. Rahmani who is one of the prominent officials of the Taliban had also attended the Urumqi meeting of peace negotiations in China.
However, another analyst Mohammad Hassan Haqyar said that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani was mistakenly understood as Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund. Haqyar said that these two individuals were different and had different roles in Taliban regime. Mohammad Hassan Akhund was first the prime minister and then served as minister of foreign affairs.
Mullah Abdul Jalil Akhund:
Mullah Abdul Jalil Akhund served as deputy foreign minister for political affairs. Wahid Muzda, a political analyst, who remained an employee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Taliban regime, said that AKhund was the confirmed agent of Inter Services Agency (ISI) of Pakistan.
He said Mullah Abdul Jalil Akhund was a strong opponent of reconciliation between the Taliban and Mujahidin commanders. Akhund used to filter or rewrite letters that had been sent to Mullah Umar, the Taliban supreme leader, by the Afghan Mujahidin.
He said Jalil had close relations with Al-Qaeda and maintained more friendlier ties with the group’s slain leader Osama bin Ladin and other Arabs, who stayed in Afghanistan during their government.
Muzda said: “I Knew Mullah Abdul Jalil Akhund as mysterious, little spoken guy and with close links with the ISI during my service in the foreign office.
Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund:
Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund is from southern Kandahar province and served as public health minister during the Taliban government. In the current setup, Abbas heads the health commission of the Taliban.
During Taliban regime, he was in contacts with foreigners on different health issues such as the vaccination and other matters of public health.
He said foreign who used to face difficulty in health campaign used to contact Abbas aimed at resolving their problems.
Haji Ibrahim Haqqani:
Haji Ibrahim Haqqani is the brother of Jalauddin Haqqani, founder of the dreaded Haqqani Network (HN).
He is currently serving as commander of the HN and earlier fought along with his bortehr against soviet occupation.
According to Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, Ibrahim was a military man and did not participate in talks earlier.
Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund:
The former Taliban interior minister participated in Urumqi talks before the Islamabad negotiation. According to Muzda, Mullah Abdul Razaq was the man ordering Taliban to destroy all orchards in north of Afghanistan during their regime.
Abdul Razaq was not an Afghan, he said, adding that he is the resident of Chaman district of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund:
Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund was the Taliban’s energy and water minister. He was the Taliban shadow governor for Kandahar and headed military affairs of the province two years ago.
Esa was a new face in Islamabad talks he was not seen in any other meeting before.
Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour:
During the Taliban regime, Abdul Latif served as minister of agriculture and livestock and latter appointed mayor of Kandahar city. He remained head of the Taliban political commission.
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