Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s supreme leader, met with Kandahar’s local officials, including the governor, in a meeting held on Tuesday, the department of culture and information in Kandahar said.
The supreme leader addressed important issues while meeting officials at the governor's office of Kandahar, officials said.
Taliban’s supreme leader has not made an official public appearance since the Islamic Emirate took control of Afghanistan in August, but Islamic Emirate officials announced late October that he appeared at a religious seminary in Kandahar province and talked with residents.
The head of the Culture and Information Department, Hafez Noor Ahmad Saeed, said that the supreme leader ordered that qualified people be posted to government offices and for officials to maintain good coordination. He also said to treat the people well.
“Shaikh saib (Taliban’s supreme leader) on Tuesday came to the Kandahar’s governor office and talked with officials about various issues, he gave some advice,” said Hafez Noor Ahmad Saeed.
A deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate said Hibatullah Akhundzada is in Kandahar province, and he may appear in public and in media in the future. “You may see him in the media one day,” said Bilal Karimi.