Study finds Pashtuns make up 90% of Taliban leadership


A new study by the U.S.-based Middle East Institute has examined the composition of the Taliban leadership and has found that Pashtuns constitute 90 percent of the Taliban’s leadership.

According to the study, Tajiks make up 5.4 percent, Uzbeks 2.8 percent, and Hazaras 0.7 percent.

The research, which analyzed nearly 1,200 Taliban leaders, also indicated that other ethnic groups such as Pashaee, Baloch, and Turkmen account for 0.3 to 0.5 percent of the leadership.

The study noted that since August 2021, the Taliban have appointed “thousands” of individuals to political, administrative, military, and legal positions.