The Taliban has kidnapped the son of Abdul Rashid Dostum, the former Vice-President of Afghanistan, from Jawazzan Airport. Some Afghan soldiers have also been taken prisoner with them. Bhaskar’s sources present in Afghanistan have given this information. However, this incident has not been confirmed by the Taliban or the Afghan government.
The kidnapping of Dostum’s son is a big blow to the Afghan government. Dostum is a prominent leader of northern Afghanistan. He founded the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in the 90s. It was built for the liberation of Afghanistan after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan captured Kabul. Its official name was United Islamic Front.
On Wednesday, the President met Dostum
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday. It was here that Ashraf Ghani spoke to Abdul Rashid Dostum and the former governor of Balkh, Ata Muhammad Noor, about the security of the city, as the Taliban took control of the outskirts of the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
If the tomb is captured by the Taliban, it will be a major setback for the Kabul government. With this city, northern Afghanistan will be completely under Taliban control. In 1998, after the Taliban captured the shrine, about 2000 people were killed.
Warlords are called friends
Abdul Rashid Dostum became the Vice President of Afghanistan in 2014 and held this position for more than 6 years. He has been accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. Dostum is believed to have been instrumental in helping the US military topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
He has recently returned to the country in view of the increasing penetration of the Taliban in the northern areas of Afghanistan. He was getting his treatment in Turkey for several months. Since returning to Kabul last week, he has been negotiating with officials about the security of Shebergan, the capital of Jawjjan province.