Afghan Biographies

Baig, Alhaj Mutalib killed 20111225


Name Baig, Alhaj Mutalib killed 20111225
Ethnic backgr. Uzbek
Date of birth 1954
Function/Grade Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Takhar
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Provincial Police Commander Takhar
Provincial Police Commander Kunduz (2005)
Deputy Minister of Border and Tribal affairs
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Takhar

3. Biodata:
Bek_MutalibAlhaj Abdul Motalib Baig Motalib Baik was born 1954 in Hazar Somach village of the district of the same name in Takhar province. He graduated from night school in Kunduz province in 2008. He participated with his party, Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan, in six-month military training conducted by Pakistan during the war against the Soviet Union, he said. Baik himself was a commander of Jamiat-e-Islami, and fought against the Soviet Union and the Taliban in Takhar. “I regret the clashes among our Afghan brothers, but I was proud of the jihad," he says now. He said that he handed over most of his weapons to Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) in 2001 after the collapse of Taliban government, but kept eight weapons to protect himself. He remains a member of the Jamiat-e-Islami party.

Before 2008, he worked as a provincial police chief in the northern provinces of Takhar and Kunduz, he said. Before nominating himself for the 2010 parliamentary election, he had been working as deputy minister of borders and tribal affairs, he said. He won his post in Parliament with 4,000 votes, having spent about $160,000 on his campaign. He is one of 19 members of the Saadat Parliamentary bloc, the goal of which, he says, is to promote national unity. He says the group includes members of different tribes and ethnic groups. He also serves on the Wolesi Jirga internal security commission. Mutalib Baig claimes to be an independet Wolesi Jirga 2010 member.

He has been accused by Takhar residents and websites of trafficking in drugs, charges he vehemently denies. One Takhar resident, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal from Baik, whom he considers a warlord, also said Baik was involved in the theft of land in Takhar's capital city. “Every commander fought in Afghanistan, and some people will be unhappy with some commanders," Baik said. "Some people might also be unhappy with me. War means bloodshed, not distributing sweets," he said. Baik praised Pakistan for assisting the mujahiddeen and Afghan refugees during the war against the Soviet Union, but said Pakistan had also had a hand in the destruction that followed.

He said he did not oppose the government but blamed President Karzai for his failure to cooperate with the legislature, saying it has shaped the country’s politics. He acknowledged that the Wolesi Jirga had had difficulty accomplishing anything substantial over the past six months, since the legislature had been mired in a dispute with the executive and the judiciary over the results of last year’s Parliamentary election.

Baig said he has no criminal record under the current government. He was sentenced to jail for 18 months during the communist regime when he was a soldier and spoke out against the government.

He now lives in the Khoshhal Khan Maina area of Kabul with two of his four wives, the other two of whom remain in Takhar. He has 31 sons and 37 grandsons. One of his sons, Abdul Matin Baik, serves on the provincial council in his home province and, according to Baik, helps him address his constituents’ needs.

A suicide bomber hit a funeral procession in Sare-i Sang village, Taloqan District, Takhar Province on Sunday, targeting the local political leadership and killing at least 19 people, including Abdul Mutalib Baig. (20111225)

His eldest son is Abdul Matin Baig Abdul Mateen Baig (20120104).

He speaks fluent Uzbek and Dari, and he can also speak Pashto.

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