Afghanistan will not be a democracy under the Taliban rule and may be governed by a council in line with the Sharia or Islamic law, while Islamist group’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada would likely remain in overall charge, a senior member of the group said in a an interview with News agency Reuters.
“There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country. We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it”, said Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access to the group’s decision-making.
Hashimi’s comments came even as the Taliban has not made any official announcement on the structure of their government in Afghanistan.
However, the power structure that Hashimi outlined would bear similarities to how Afghanistan was run the last time the Taliban were in power from 1996 to 2001. Then, supreme leader Mullah Omar remained in the shadows and left the day-to-day running of the country to a council.
Hashimi also said that he would be joining a meeting of the Taliban leadership later this week to discuss matters of governance.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, members of the group met former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul amid efforts to establish a government.
The previous government’s main peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah was also present in the meeting, according to Al Jazeera. However, no details emerged from the talks.
The Taliban would also reach out to former pilots and soldiers from the Afghan armed forces to join its ranks. Mr. Hashimi said the Taliban planned to set up a new national force that would include its own members and the government soldiers willing to join.
“Most of them have got training in Turkey and Germany and England. So we will talk to them to get back to their positions. Of course we will have some changes, to have some reforms in the army, but still we need them and will call them to join us”, he said.