Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Sher Mohammad Stanikzai; For the first time since the Taliban’s occupation in Afghanistan, India officially met a Taliban leader. The meeting between Indian Ambassador Deepak Mittal and Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai took place in Doha on Tuesday.
Mohammad Abbas has a big political position in the Taliban. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to become president in the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, while Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai is expected to become a foreign minister.
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The group emerged as one of the warring factions in 1994 and controlled much of the country until 1996 when it enacted an interpretation of Islamic law. Opponents and Westerners accused him of brutally enforcing his version of Islamic law and suppressing religious minorities.
The Taliban is once again marching militarily in Afghanistan as foreign troops begin to withdraw, capturing most of the country’s territory controlling the capitals of 10 of the 34 provinces.
Who is Sher Mohammad Stanikzai
Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai was born in the year 1963 in Baraki Barak district of Logar province of Afghanistan. He is ethnically a Pashtun. In the 1980s, he left the Afghan army and joined the ‘jihad’ against Soviet forces. He fought alongside Nabi Mohammadi’s Harkat-e Inquilab-e Islami and Abd ul Rasool Sayaf’s Ittihad-e-Islami as the commander of his South-Western Front.
When the Taliban came to power in 1996, Stanikzai served as deputy minister of foreign affairs and later as the rebel regime’s deputy minister of public health. The English-speaking ‘soldier’ has been the face of the Taliban for the West.
By the mid-1980s, Stanikzai had passed out from the IMA in India and, according to Thapar, went on to join the Afghan army, where he served for more than a decade when the Russians invaded Afghanistan. He fought the Afghan-Soviet War. According to a New York Times report, this was when he became “more political”.
Another interesting thing about Stanikzai is that her daughter is studying in the same America, whose civilization, manners, and capitalism have always been hostile to the Taliban.
Taliban regime in 2001
After the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001, he, like all Taliban leaders, first went to Pakistan and then to Qatar. Qatar’s government has agreed to financially support the former Taliban leader and his family. Two years ago, Tolo’s former news reporter shared a picture of Abbas Stanikzai’s daughter, who was studying in the US. In 2015, he took charge of the Taliban’s political office in Doha.
It will only be called the double mentality and hypocrisy of the Taliban that Abbas Stanikzai’s daughter is studying abroad, while they do not allow girls to go to school in Afghanistan.