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Tullivan's Supreme Leader prays for the victims of the Afghanistan earthquake

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Associated Press

Rahim Faiez

Islamabad (AP) — Leader of the Islamavan was victim of an Afghan earthquake on Friday during a speech to Islamic clergy in Kabul. I prayed.

The June earthquake killed more than 1,000 people in the eastern part of the country. National Radio broadcast a live speech by Haibatula Akunzada from a rally in Kabul on Friday. Thousands of Islamic clergy and tribal elders gather in Kabul for the first time since taking power in Afghanistan in August. The woman was not allowed to attend.

The advent of Akhundzada has added a symbolic burden to the conference and the group's decision to consider the future of Afghanistan. The Taliban are under international pressure to be more inclusive as they suffer from the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

A powerful earthquake killed more than 1,000 people in eastern Afghanistan, creating yet another crisis in a struggling country, further highlighting the Taliban's limited capabilities and isolation. Oversized aid groups that have already kept millions of Afghans alive have rushed supplies to the victims of the earthquake, but most countries have enthusiastically responded to the Taliban's call for international aid. rice field.

Akhundzada was the spiritual chief of the Islamist movement, but remains a recluse.

After the 2016 U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor, Mullah Aktar Mansour, he became a Taliban leader from an unobtrusive state of power change. I was promoted.

After being appointed leader, Akhnzada secured the support of al-Qaeda chief Akhman Zawahiri.

Osama bin Laden's heir support helped seal his jihadist qualifications with the Taliban's longtime allies.

The Taliban, which has completely blocked decision-making since taking over the country, promotes a rally in the capital of Kabul as a forum to hear various opinions on the problems facing Afghanistan. did.

However, all the people who addressed the parliament, and the overwhelming majority of attendees, were Taliban officials and supporters, primarily Islamic clergy.

Media reports suggested discussing the reopening of girls' schools, but women were not allowed to attend. Earlier this year, the Taliban's Supreme Leader issued a decree banning girls from sixth grade and beyond from school and requiring public women to hide completely except for their eyes.

Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi told state media RTA Wednesday that men's representatives will represent women. "When their sons are attending a rally, that means they are also attending," he said. The

rally was held at the Loya Jirga Hall at the Polytechnic Institute in Kabul. Loya Jirga is a gathering of tribal leaders and prominent figures, the traditional Afghan way for local leaders to complain to their rulers. However, the Taliban did not specifically call the rally Loya Jirga. Instead, we named it "The Great Conference of Ulama." This is the term for Islamic religious scholars and priests.

The international blockade of Afghanistan's funding has deepened the country's economic collapse and fueled a humanitarian crisis. Millions of people in the country rely on international aid to secure enough food to live on.

A meeting will be held when Tullivan-led government financial and central bank officials are meeting with U.S. officials in Qatar to discuss post-earthquake economic and aid issues. ..

The Washington Post first on Tuesday, with senior Biden administration officials working with Taliban leadership to address the country's serious hunger and poverty crisis with central bank reserves by the Afghan government. And make sure the funds are not being misused.