South Asia and Beyond

Taliban Leader’s First Public Appearance

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada made his first public appearance in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, where he addressed supporters at the Darul Uloom Hakimah madarsa. Reports say no video filming was allowed, only a 10-minute audio recording shared by Taliban media. He apparently only delivered a religious message, seeking God’s blessings for the Taliban leadership.