Hazara ex-commander joins Taliban
16 February, 2013
KANDAHAR: A former jihadi commander belonging from Hazara tribe joined the Taliban along with his 50 fighters in central Afghanistan, the Taliban said Friday.
A video released by the Taliban shows former jihadi commander identified as Ali Muhammad Fidaee announcing his joining with the Taliban and jihad against America.
Regarding the Taliban's Islamic Emirate, Fidaee says it has a constitution, and that the Taliban are Muslims and people of Afghanistan.
The Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that Fidaee had been appointed as military officer for Shahristan district of Daikundi province.
He will fight against the foreign forces under the leadership of Islamic Emirate, he added.
"The joining of Muhammad Ali Fidaee with the Islamic Emirate proves that it (Islamic Emirate) is comprised of all the tribes of the country in which all Muslim Afghans take part," he added.
Confirming the joining of Muhammad Ali Fidaee with the Taliban, officials say he (Fidaee) is accused of killing a former in-charge of prison in Sharhistan district.
Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), the Daikundi Governor Qurban Ali Uruzganwi said Fidaee is accused of murdering former chief of Shahristan prison.
"Muhammad Ali Fidaee, a resident of Shahristan district of Uruzgan, had no official job.
He is accused of killing the chief of Shahristan prison. Officially he is known as a criminal," he added.
The governor, however, did not disclose reason behind the killing of Shahristan prison chief.