Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai

Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai (Pashto: عبد الحكيم اسحاقزى Pashto pronunciation: [ˈabdʊl haˈkim ɪshaqˈzai]; born 1967), also known as Abdul Hakim Haqqani (Pashto: عبد الحكيم حقاني Pashto pronunciation: [ˈabdʊl haˈkim haqɑˈni]) and Abdul Hakim Sharie[1] (Pashto: عبدالحکیم شرعی Pashto pronunciation: [ˈabdʊl haˈkim ʃaˈrai]; also spelt Sharai[2] or Sharia[3]), is an Afghan Islamic scholar, writer and the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan since 2021[4] and Minister of Justice. He has also served as chief justice of the Supreme Court in the 1996–2001 Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He was the chairman of the negotiation team in the Qatar office. He is one of the founding members of the Taliban and was a close associate of the late leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.[5][6]

Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai
عبد الحكيم اسحاقزى
Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai (cropped).jpg
Ishaqzai in 2020
Justice Minister of Afghanistan
Acting
Assumed office
7 September 2021
Prime MinisterHasan Akhund (acting)
LeaderHibatullah Akhundzada
Preceded byAbdul Baseer Anwar
Chief Justice of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Assumed office
(as Chief Justice of Afghanistan)

15 August 2021
Preceded bySayed Yousuf Halim
Assumed office
25 May 2016
Deputy
LeaderHibatullah Akhundzada
Preceded byHibatullah Akhundzada
Judge of the Kandahar Primary Court
In office
c. 1995c. 2001
Prime MinisterMohammad Rabbani
Abdul Kabir
LeaderMohammed Omar
Personal details
Born1967 (age 54–55)
Panjwayi, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
ProfessionPolitician, writer
Political affiliationTaliban

Early lifeEdit

He was born to Mawlawi Khudaidad in 1967 in the Panjwayi District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He graduated from Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Deobandi Islamic seminary (darul uloom), in Pakistan, and taught there.[6]

CareerEdit

TeachingEdit

Apart from teaching at the Darul Uloom Haqqania, until recently he also ran his own Islamic seminary or madrasa in the Ishaqabad area of Quetta, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.[6]

JudiciaryEdit

During the rule of the first Islamic Emirate, in addition to teaching, he also served in the Appellate Court and at the Central Darul Ifta. Following the appointment of Hibatullah Akhundzada as Supreme Leader, Ishaqzai was appointed Chief Justice.[7]

DiplomacyEdit

In September 2020, he was appointed the Taliban's chief negotiator for peace talks in Qatar with the government of Afghanistan, replacing Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who became his deputy in the 21-member negotiating team.[8]

BooksEdit

Specializing in Islamic jurisprudence, especially its justice system, he has books on various subjects which have been translated into many languages, including Bengali.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Factbox: Taliban announces makeup of new Afghan government". Reuters. 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  2. ^ "Major reshuffle in Taliban leadership ahead of intra-Afghan dialogue". Zee News. 2020-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  3. ^ "Taliban's government includes designated terrorists, ex-Guantanamo detainees | FDD's Long War Journal". www.longwarjournal.org. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  4. ^ احمدزى, محمد اصف (28 October 2021). "مولوي عبدالحکيم د سترې محکمې د رئیس او مولوي فريدالدين د علومو اکاډمي د رئيس په توګه ټاکل شوي".
  5. ^ "Ishaqzai, Abdul Hakim Mawlawi Sheikh".
  6. ^ a b c Bezhan, Frud (10 September 2020). "Why Did the Taliban Appoint a Hard-Line Chief Negotiator for Intra-Afghan Talks?". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
  7. ^ "Brief Introduction of Members of the Negotiating Team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan". Archived from the original on 2021-08-18.
  8. ^ Shadi Khan Saif (5 September 2020). "Taliban picks team for talks with Afghan government". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  9. ^ Yousafzai, Shahabullah (15 October 2021). "Abdul Hakim Haqqani appointed Afghanistan's chief justice". The Express Tribune.
Legal offices
Preceded by Chief Justice of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by Chief Justice of Afghanistan
2021–present
Political offices
Preceded by Acting Justice Minister of Afghanistan
2021–present
Incumbent