Mohammad Hasan Akhund (محمد حسن اخوند; born between 1945 and 1958), also spelled Hassan Akhund, is a leading member of the Taliban who is the acting Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He took office on 7 September 2021. In the first Taliban government (1996–2001), Akhund served as the deputy foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Afghanistan.
Early Life and Career
Hasan Akhund is from southern Afghanistan. According to a UN Security Council data, he was born in Pashmul, which was then in Panjwayi District and is now in Zhari District, in Kandahar Province of the Kingdom of Afghanistan. The UN has two estimates for his year of birth, being approximately 1945–1950 and approximately 1955–1958. Al-Jazeera says that Hasan Akhund’s Pashtun lineage descends from Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of the Durrani Empire in 1747.
He studied in various Islamic seminaries in Afghanistan. Unlike many Taliban leaders, Hasan Akhund did not participate in the Soviet–Afghan War
Hasan Akhund is one of the oldest members of the Taliban, and was a close associate of Mohammed Omar, the first leader of the movement. During the Taliban rule (1996–2001), he served as the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. He was also the deputy prime minister during that period. Like many other senior Taliban, he is subject to United Nations sanctions related to the sheltering of terrorist groups.
Hasan Akhund was on Kabul’s six-man Supervisory Council in 1995.
During the period of insurgency (2001–2021), Hasan Akhund was intermittently a member of the Quetta Shura. In 2013, he was the chief of the Taliban’s commissions and the head of the recruitment commission.
Following the Taliban’s return to power in 2021, Hasan Akhund was appointed interim Prime Minister. His appointment was seen as a compromise between the Taliban’s moderate and hardline figures.
He is the author of several works on Islam. According to BBC News Hasan Akhund is more influential on the religious side of the Taliban, as opposed to the military side. A United States Institute for Peace analyst argued that he was more of a political person.
Wife and Children
Mohammad Hasan Akhund is married with children. Details of family life is been kept private for security reasons best known to him.
Mohammad Hasan Akhund is one of the richest politician in Afghanistan with an estimated net worth of around $120 million (net worth estimated in 2021).
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