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Mullahs in power have no PhD or Master's but 'greatest of all', says Taliban's education minister

Earlier in August, Taliban authorities in Herat province declared a ban on co-education at public and private colleges, calling it the "source of all evils in society." 

Taliban education minister says Mullahs in powers have no degree gcw
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Kabul, First Published Sep 8, 2021, 1:35 PM IST
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Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir, the Taliban's Minister of Education, has stated that PhD and master's degrees are not significant since mullahs do not have them, despite the fact that they are the "greatest of all." According to the minister, a Master's degree or a PhD is not important anymore in the country. He went on to say that the mullahs and Taliban leaders in authority do not have a PhD, MA, or even a high school diploma, yet are the best of all.

On Tuesday, the Taliban presented a hardline temporary administration led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with essential posts held by high-profile Taliban members, including an interior minister, a specially designated global terrorist of the infamous Haqqani Network.

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Mullah Hasan, the chief of Taliban's powerful decision-making body, will be the Acting Prime Minister, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as his deputy. The announcement was made by the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said during a press conference in Kabul.

The appointment of key members in the caretaker administration comes just weeks after the Taliban seized control of war-torn Afghanistan, deposing the previously elected authority supported by the West. The Taliban earlier stated that they wished to create an inclusive administration. However, all of the Cabinet members named on Tuesday are already well-known Taliban figures. The declaration of the temporary Afghan government comes only days after Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Hameed made an unexpected visit to Kabul last week.

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It was previously rumoured that the new Kabul administration would be modelled after the Iranian leadership, with the group's main religious leader, Mullah Hebatullah, serving as Afghanistan's ultimate authority. Earlier in August, Taliban authorities in Herat province declared a ban on co-education at public and private colleges, calling it the "source of all evils in society." This was the Taliban's first 'fatwa' published following its quick conquest of Afghanistan last week.

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