Afghanistan's Taliban appoints minority Shia Hazara official in 'historic first'

CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in The New Arab about the appointed of Mawlavi Mahdi as a Taliban district chief—the first Shia Hazara to be selected for the group's ranks.

“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.

Read the full article at The New Arab here.

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Apr 29, 2020