Hakim Haqqani appointed CJ of Afghanistan

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Peshawar

The Afghan interim cabinet on Friday approved the name of Maulvi Abdul Hakim Haqqani for the slot of the chief justice of Afghanistan while appointing Maulvi Muhammad Qasim Turkman and Maulvi Abdul Malik as his aides.

The names were announced through a notification by the government, after approval from the Rehbari-e-Shura (council of guidance) and by the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Haibatullah.

Maulvi Abdul Hakim Haqqani’s name has been finalised for Chief Justice of the Islamic Central Court while Sheikh Maulvi Muhammad Qasim Turkman and Sheikh Maulvi Abdul Malik will be his aides.

Haqqani was a close aide and confidante of the deceased founder of the movement, Mullah Muhammad Umar.

He was also a consultant to Mullah Umar on various affairs and currently serves the Rehbari Shura as its member.

When the news of the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor broke, who was killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan, he was consulted by the local shura (consultative body) regarding making the news public, he opted to reveal it as he stated that the US knew the identity of the deceased. –Agencies

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