The Taliban are all pumped up to form a government as early as Friday as it faces domestic and international pressure to rule Afghanistan with greater tolerance, especially on women’s rights.
According to sources and reports, the announcement could be made soon after the Friday prayers (Jumma ki namaz), today.
While the West has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the Taliban, there were some signs of engagement with the new leaders gathering pace.
The United Nations said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking the Pakistani capital Islamabad with Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south.
Meanwhile, Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar is expected to lead the new Afghan government. He will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions in the government.
Tens of thousands of Afghans have been internally displaced due to the recent violence.