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The Taliban’s Minister of Education, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir, has said that PhD and master’s degrees are not valuable as mullahs don’t have them, and yet they are ‘the greatest of all’.

“No PhD degree, Master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the mullahs and Taliban [leaders] that are in the power, have no PhD, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Taliban unveiled a hardline interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles being shared by high-profile members of the insurgent group, including a specially designated global terrorist of the dreaded Haqqani Network as the interior minister.

Mullah Hasan, the chief of the Taliban’s powerful decision-making body ‘Rehbari Shura’, will be the Acting Prime Minister while Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be his deputy in the “new Islamic government”, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul.

The announcement of key figures in the caretaker government comes weeks after the Taliban seized control of war-torn Afghanistan, ousting the previous elected leadership which was backed by the West.

The Taliban have previously said they wanted to form an inclusive government. However, all of the Cabinet ministers announced on Tuesday are already established Taliban leaders.

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