|History and Biodata
Mullah Abdul Jalil was born 1961 in Kandahar. He is a former Afghan Deputy foreign minister (1997) under the Taliban and pioneer of the movement in the 1990s. Jalil, 49, hails from Kandahar and attended an Islamic seminary in Quetta, Pakistan, but did not finish his studies because of the emergence of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Jalil is a thin, down-to-earth man, his hair and beard already snow white, which he ascribes to the years of turmoil he has witnessed in his country. He has never been a military commander, but has always been a part of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's closest inner circle and he is still proud to be one of his close confidants. Along with the Taliban's foreign minister in 2001, Mullah Abdul Wakeel Muttawakil, Jalil was not comfortable with al-Qaeda being in the country.
Former HPC Secretary Masoom Stanikzai, met in China on May 20 with Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhond, who represented the Quetta Shura; former deputy minister of foreign affairs under the Taliban regime, Mullah Jalil; and Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani the Taliban's former governor of Kandahar and an official of ISI.(20150525)