The supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, has issued a new decree instructing Afghan officials to terminate the employment of their relatives in government positions. The decree also urges officials to refrain from hiring their family members in the future.
Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in 2021, there have been reports of inexperienced staff being appointed to key government positions based on personal connections. In response, the Taliban dismissed some senior staff, while others fled the country.
The recent decree was prompted by allegations that some senior Taliban officials had appointed their sons to positions of authority in the government. The move is aimed at ensuring that the government is run by qualified individuals who are not chosen based on familial ties.
A photo of the decree was posted on the Office of Administrative Affairs’ Twitter page, signaling the Taliban’s commitment to transparency and accountability in government.
The Taliban’s move to rid the government of nepotism is a positive step towards building a more stable and effective administration. It demonstrates the group’s willingness to adopt a more pragmatic approach to governance and its desire to win the trust of the Afghan people.