Akhundzada appoints new provincial governors and security heads

Mullah Hibatullah Akhunzada, the Taliban supreme leader, has announced new appointments for provincial governors, security commands, and judicial heads in several provinces.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s main spokesperson, said in X posts on Monday that the Taliban’s former governor of Logar province, Abdul Ali Qudratullah is appointed governor of Parwan province; former governor of Takhar, Zia ur-Rahman Madani as the new governor of Logar; and former governor of Parwan, Abdullah Aminzada as the new governor of Takhar.

According to the new designations, the Taliban’s former security head of Ghor province has been appointed as the new security head of Bamiyan; former security head of Bamiyan as the security head of Ghor; former security head of Kapisa as the security head of Takhar; former governor of Kunar as the security head of Kapisa; and former security head of Jowzjan as the security head of Faryab.

Meanwhile, Akhundzada has appointed the former head of the Taliban’s ulema council in Kunduz, Saneullah Farahmand as the new head of the security court of the Kunduz zone and designated the former head of the court as the new chief security court of the northern zone.

Based in the Taliban’s spiritual stronghold in Kandahar, the group’s reclusive supreme leader holds sweeping powers over the political, military, judicial, and religious affairs and has been retaining his tight grip on all decision-making.