Taliban announced the formation of its interim government on Tuesday. There was not even one woman among the 33 members.

In their first press conference after the takeover of Kabul, spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid had said the group would honour women and assured that it was ready to provide them with the opportunity to be “present in different government (structures) according to Islamic law and in accordance with our cultural values”, reports Dawn.

In late August, the group had also said that they wanted an inclusive government (inclusion of other Afghan parties and groups) in the country.


Later, International and Pakistani journalists started questioning the absence of women, with most not expressing any surprise.

The acting body is stacked with veterans of Taliban’s hardline rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the US.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a reward of up to $10 million, has been appointed to the key post of interior minister.

The country will be led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund who is on a UN sanctions list and was previously the foreign minister and then deputy prime minister during the Taliban’s last stint in power from 1996-2001.