Sher Abbas Stanekzai appointed to head Taliban’s Qatar office

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KABUL: After the resignation of Sayed Tayyeb Agha, Sher Abbas Stanekzai appointed by the Taliban as the acting chief of the groups political office in Qatar.
In a statement sent to media, Stanekzai has also announced his support for the newly elected Emir Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.
“We assure our full support to the new chief,” the press release states, “I and other members of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate declare allegiance to the honourable Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. We consider this decision in accordance with Islamic Sharia and will follow his instructions.”
Sher Abbas Stanekzai, who ages between 55 and 60 years, was the deputy health minister during Taliban regime and one of the founders of the Qatar political office.
Holding a masters’ degree in political science, Stanekzai was serving as a deputy to Sayed Tayyeb Agha in the same office.
He is a former member of Harakat-e-Inqilab-e-Islami under the leadership of Mawlawi Mohammad Nabi.
Sher Abbas Stanekzai assumes the charges of Taliban’s political office after Sayed Tayyeb Agha resigned over the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Manoor as the successor to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the supreme leader of Taliban who was recently declared dead.

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