|History and Biodata
1. Former Chief Justice:
Abdul Hakim Haqqani (20211015) with Sheikh Maulvi Muhammad Qasim Turkman and Sheikh Maulvi Abdul Malik serving as his aides.(20211015)
Maulvi Qasim Turkman, Haqqani’s aide, is from the Turkan tribe and is well-known among his tribe as a member of the Rehbari Shura. He has also held different positions inside the movement, including participation in the previous shadow government’s self-accountability process.
Turkman has also worked as a member of the Qatar office and has participated in negotiations with the United States, China, and Russia.
Deputy Chief Justice:
Abdul Malik, Abdul Malek Haqqani the second aide, is in his late 40s and is from Kandahar province. He had not previously been known as a significant member of the Taliban ranks. Still, he was promoted to chief of the eastern region when the Taliban divided the country into three administrative regions. Malik is well-versed in the Holy Qur’an, Islamic law, and fiqh.
2. Previous Function:
Chief justice Supreme Court in the 1996–2001 Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Chief Justice (20211015) acting
Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani Abdul Hakeem Haqqani was born 1957. Abdul Hakim Haqqani comes from solid Kandahari Taleban stock, having been born into the Ishaqzai Durrani tribe in 1376AH (1957CE) in Panjwayi district on the outskirts of Kandahar city. Panjwayi can arguably be considered the birthplace of the Kandahar Taleban. He is one of the founders of the Taliban. From the Taliban point of view, he has a special scientific status.(20220201) Believed to be close to Supreme Commander Akhunzada, he headed the Taliban’s negotiating team in charge of the peace talks with the former U.S.-backed government.
Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, also known as Abdul Hakim Haqqani and Abdul Hakim Sharie, is an Afghan Islamic scholar, writer and the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan since 2021 and Minister of Justice.
There are two types of ‘Haqqanis’ in the set-up of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA). Firstly, there are those who are affiliated with the Haqqani clan of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former commander in the anti-Soviet jihad who joined up with the Taleban and served in the IEA
government in the late 1990s. Notable among these is his son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, now the Emirate’s acting minister of interior.
The author of Al-Emarat al-Islamiya wa Nidhamuha (The Islamic Emirate and its
System of Governance) is also a ‘Haqqani’. But Abdul Hakim Haqqani belongs to
the second type of ‘Haqqani’, being a graduate of Darul Uloom Haqqania, situated
in Akora Khattak, on the main Grand Trunk Road running east from Peshawar. A
madrasa teaching Hanafi jurisprudence, the Haqqania is an offshoot of India’s
Deoband seminary, having been established by a graduate of Darul Uloom
Deoband, Abdul Haq, in September 1947. It is worth noting that Chief Justice Abdul
Hakim Haqqani is now honorifically referred to as ‘Sheikh’ within the Taleban
movement, Sheikh being a title more commonly used in the Arab world than in
Afghanistan. It refers to a scholar of highly respected learning, piety and renown,
one whom people look up to as a religious authority.(20230903)