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Stop interfering in Afghanistan | The Daily Star

The Taliban’s reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada yesterday called for the world to stop telling them how to run Afghanistan, insisting sharia law was the only model for a successful Islamic state. 

Akhundzada, who has not been filmed or photographed in public since the Taliban returned to power in August, was addressing a major gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital called to rubber-stamp the hardline Islamist group’s rule.

Over 3,000 clerics have gathered in Kabul since Thursday for the three-day men-only meeting, and Akhundzada’s appearance had been rumoured for days — although media are barred from covering the event.

“Why is the world interfering in our affairs?” he asked in an hour-long speech broadcast by state radio.

“They say ‘why don’t you do this, why don’t you do that?’ Why does the world interfere in our work?”


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