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Taliban move spokesman’s office to Kandahar

The main spokesman for Taliban’s administration will move his office from the capital Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar, the group’s Information and Culture Ministry said. The province of Kandahar is the historical birthplace of the Taliban .

Group’s Supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada lives in Kandahar and rarely makes public visits to Kabul, about 450 km (280 miles) to the north, where government offices, the cabinet and the group’s acting prime minister are based.

According to local media reports, Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s spokesman and Samangani, deputy spokesman have been transferred to Kandahar. It is one of the first known instances of an official in a senior role in the Taliban administration shifting their office from the capital.

The Taliban have not yet elaborated on the reason for the move. Major decisions, such as restricting the access of girls and women to high school and university and stopping most female NGO staff from working, have come from Akhundzada in Kandahar and been implemented by ministries in Kabul.

Afghan Herald/Agencies

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