Afghan Biographies

Qari Fasihuddin


Name Qari Fasihuddin
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Chief of Army Staff
History and Biodata

2. Previous Function:
Deputy Commander of the Military Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Chief of Army Staff (20210907)

3. Biodata:
Qari Fasihuddin hails from Badakhshan Province. He is considered one of the most charismatic leaders and is the first Tajik to have made it to the military commission in the history of the Taliban. It is because of him that the entire Northern Alliance was toppled despite the fact that the Haqqani network and Mullah Yaqub, Mullah Baradar and Mullah Haibatullah were from Kandahar, Helmand, Kunar and Ghazni, where they faced a lot of resistance. He is known as the "Conqueror of the North" among the Taliban.

Giving Qari Fasihuddin the post of Deputy Military Commission is also being described as a change in strategy that has been in effect since the 1990s. Although the Taliban used to include non-Pakhtun, they are being given more important posts and powers than in the past.

Although there is a general perception about the Taliban, from the leadership to the grassroots, that it has a Pashtun majority and is popular only in Afghanistan’s Pakhtun-majority provinces, this time the Taliban has also influenced Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara and Turkmen nationalities. Qari Fasihuddin is one of the most important non-Pakhtun Taliban leaders.

 

The Taliban's* chief of staff, Qari Fasihuddin, stated on 15 September that the group is considering the creation of a regular armed forces in Afghanistan in the near future. Fasihuddin said that consultations on the matter are ongoing during a press conference in Kabul, according to an Afghan broadcaster.(20210915)

 

Last Modified 2021-09-15
Established 2021-09-07