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The supreme leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has issued an anti-Shurobajan decree, prohibiting officials in the Taliban administration in the country from hiring relatives in government positions, the Associated Press reported.

Akhundzada also ordered all Taliban officials to fire their sons and other relatives already working in their administration.

"This is an order for all employees in ministries, departments and independent bodies and aims to show that no one is allowed to appoint family members or relatives to government positions," the document said.

It ordered all Taliban officials to immediately fill vacant posts with people who were not their sons, family members or other relatives.

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It is not clear what the reasons for such a decree are.

However, it was issued following rumors that many Taliban officials had appointed their sons and relatives to top government posts, instead of specialists or people with the necessary experience for those positions.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021 amid the chaotic withdrawal of US and NATO troops after a 20-year presence in the country.

Despite initial promises of a more moderate stance, the Taliban gradually re-imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law, as was the case during their previous rule from 1996 to 2001, BTA notes.