Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
  • د افغانستان د اسلامي امارت مشر  (Pashto)
  • رهبر امارت اسلامی افغانستان  (Dari)
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Incumbent
Hibatullah Akhundzada

since 25 May 2016[note 1]
Leadership of the Islamic Emirate
Style
TypeSupreme leader[2]
Status
Member ofLeadership Council (chairman)[7]
SeatKandahar
AppointerLeadership Council[8]
Term lengthLife tenure
PrecursorPresident of Afghanistan
Inaugural holderMullah Omar
Formation4 April 1996 (1996-04-04)[9]
DeputyDeputy Leader
Salary؋228,750 monthly[10]

The leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan[11] (Pashto: د افغانستان د اسلامي امارت مشر,[12][13][romanization needed] Dari: رهبر امارت اسلامی افغانستان[14][15][romanization needed]), also referred to as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Pashto: د افغانستان د اسلامي امارت عالي مقام , Dari: مقام معظم رهبری امارت اسلامی افغانستان)[16] is the emir[note 2][3][4][5] of the Taliban and—since the fall of Kabul in 2021 and previously from 1996 to 2001—the de facto ruler and head of state of Afghanistan.[2][6] A supreme leader, the emir has unlimited authority on all matters of Taliban and Afghan governance, though the consultative Leadership Council significantly influences his decision-making. He is a national religious leader in addition to a political and military one.[2] The current leader is Hibatullah Akhundzada, who assumed office on 25 May 2016, upon being chosen by the Leadership Council.


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  1. ^ a b "Acting Minister of Education Meets Esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen". Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – Voice of Jihad. Kandahar. 8 February 2022. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Ramachandran, Sudha (10 September 2021). "What Role Will the Taliban's 'Supreme Leader' Play in the New Government?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Seth G. (December 2020). "Afghanistan's Future Emirate? The Taliban and the Struggle for Afghanistan". CTC Sentinel. Combating Terrorism Center. 13 (11). Retrieved 5 March 2022. The Taliban is led by Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, who was appointed emir after the United States killed his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a May 2016 drone strike.
  4. ^ a b Roggio, Bill (11 August 2021). "The Taliban now control two-thirds of Afghanistan. How did it happen so quickly?". PBS. Retrieved 6 March 2022. ...the only acceptable outcome of this war would be the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate with Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, its emir, as the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
  5. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference BBC-36375975 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ a b Faulkner, Charlie (3 September 2021). "Spiritual leader is Afghanistan's head of state — with bomb suspect set to be PM". The Times. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Three-day meeting of the Leadership Council of Islamic Emirate headed by esteemed Amir-ul-mumineen held in Kandahar". Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 31 August 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  8. ^ Burke, Jason (17 August 2021). "The Taliban leaders in line to become de facto rulers of Afghanistan". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference NYT Omar was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  10. ^ Hakimi, Amina (5 December 2021). "Senior Officials' Salaries Reduced: MoF". TOLOnews. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
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  12. ^ "Hibatullah Akhundzada reiterates his commitment to amnesty". The Killid Group (in Pashto). 30 December 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  13. ^ "IEA's supreme leader calls on officials to adhere to amnesty orders". Ariana News (in Pashto). 30 December 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  14. ^ "IEA takes massive anti-drug step, bans poppy cultivation". Ariana News (in Dari). 3 April 2022. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Taliban leadership council meets". The Killid Group (in Dari). 1 September 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Message of Amir-ul-Mumineen Sheikh-ul-Hadith Hibatullah Akhundzadah, the Supreme Leader of IEA on the Arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr – Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan". Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  17. ^ Panda, Ankit (2 September 2015). "Here's What the Taliban Wants You to Know About Their New Leader". The Diplomat. Retrieved 6 March 2022. The Taliban have published a biography of their newly appointed Amir al-Muminin (Commander of the Faithful)
  18. ^ Siddique, Abubakar (7 September 2021). "Who Is Haibatullah Akhundzada, The Taliban's 'Supreme Leader' Of Afghanistan?". Gandhara. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 6 March 2022. On September 7 Ahmadullah Wasiq, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed to the BBC that Akhundzada will be formally called 'commander of the faithful.'
  19. ^ "Reclusive Taliban supreme leader makes rare public appearance". The Guardian. 31 October 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2022. Akhundzada, known as the leader of the faithful or Amir ul Momineen
  20. ^ Gibb, H. A. R. (1960). "Amīr al-Muʾminīn". In Gibb, H. A. R.; Kramers, J. H.; Lévi-Provençal, E.; Schacht, J.; Lewis, B. & Pellat, Ch. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume I: A–B. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 445. OCLC 495469456.

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