Rehbari Shura Leadership Council
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There is a leadership council of 18 members called Rahbari Shura. or Quetta Council. The Leadership Council, or Rehbari Shura, is a decision-making body for political and military affairs.
Sheikh Abdul Hakeem Ishaqzai, the current chief justice of the Taliban, is among the newly inducted members in the leadership council, who is considered the most confidant of the Taliban chief. Other members include Sheikh Noor Muhammad Saqib, chief justice of the Taliban during their rule, Maulvi Abdul Kabeer Zadran, former chief of eastern zone and ex-governor of Nangarhar and Mullah Shireen Noorzai, who has served as military affairs in-charge of eastern provinces and as security guard of the Taliban founder Mullah Omar.(20200709)
According to the NDS, there have been major “disagreements” between Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob of the Council of Quetta and ISI supported Sirajuddin Haqqani of the Council of Peshawar. As a result, the situation becomes even more interesting, as a power struggle among the Quetta, Peshawar and Rasul factions becomes inevitable.
Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is assisted by the three deputies, Mullah Yaqoob, Mullah Baradar and Sirajuddin Haqqani of the Haqqani network. Now there have been reports that there is a “competition” for supremacy among the three. Being the chief of the military wing of the group, Mullah Yaqoob appears to have the upper hand.