Kamran Mir Hazar
Letter to Editor
Dostom still a power in the north
By: Shoib Najafizada
Afghanistan Mazar-e-Sharif, Monday 02/Nov/06. Abed Nazar with
small breads and long hairs arriving in Mazar-e Sharif from
Faryab Province said to me.
"We don't have a real government in Faryab Province. The
governor and the police that we have there, they all belong to
General Dostom and what ever General Dostom says, they do that."
General Dostom has a lot of supporter in north of Afghanistan
especial in Jawzjan and Faryab Provinces. We can say that 90% of
the people from these two provinces want Dostom and love him.
But there are some commanders that they are against Dostom and
One of the biggest commanders that don't want Dostom in Faryab
Province is General Malik, the leader of Liberty Party in
Afghanistan. It's about three years that they have fought with
each other in Faryab Province that left hundreds of civilians
killed and thousands injured.
When the DDR process started in Afghanistan, Dostom and Malik
gave up some of their useless Weapons and the fighting was
stopped about two years.
Gul Murat, an Uzbek man who lives in Kata Qala district of
Faryab Province said. "We were in bad condition before the DDR
process; there were a lot of conflicts between Dostom and Malik,
during the conflict about 200 families left Faryab Province from
Jawzjan and Mazar-e-Sharif provinces.
After the DDR process, we had two years of peace and we thought
that all the weapon of these two leaders collected by DDR
process because we weren't witness of any conflict. After two
years we didn't know from where they found weapon and made
militias and started fighting again."
The August of the current year was the month of war in Faryab
Province, because of the harsh military conflicts between
General Dostom and General Malik that left tens of civilians
dead and hundreds injured that still governor didn't take any
decision to arrest the criminals.. "on August I was asleep at
home in Kata Qala district around 2:00am, that I heard a bad
sound of firing of AK47, I was afraid and got up when I came out
from the room I saw about hundred soldiers belongs to commander
Shamal one of the beigest commander of Dostom in Faryab Province
standing on my roof and fought with commander Khalifa Salih one
the commander of Malik.
During of the conflict one of my brother and my brother son were
killed and tomorrow early all the local people left Kata Qala
district and came to city." Gul Murat said.
In case of this conflict PRT troops in Faryab Province arrested
Commander Khalifa Salih the commander of Malik and commander
Shamal escape from the place and climbed to Mountains that still
no PRT and no Afghan troops arrest him.
"when we reached to Kata Qala Police with supporting of PRT
troops, we could arrest commander Salih but we saw that
commander Shamal was escaping but we couldn't do any thing
because they have a lots of heavy weapons and I knew If police
stop him police cant stand against Shamal in fighting because we
a have small and useless weapons that we cant do any things with
We need for more police to bring a good peace and arrest
commander Shamal. But now with this weapon and these police we
can't arrest any commander of Dostom." The head of security
office of Faryab police said to AFP.
When I tried to find out that does Dostom has heavy weapons or
not I went to Aqcha district of Jawzjan Province and meet with
people. Most of the people confirm that Turkish and Uzbekistan
countries still support Dostom and Dostom import weapons and
divided for their commanders in Jawzjan, Faryab, Samangan,
Takhar, Qondoz and Badakhshan Provinces.
" Dostom has a lot of heavy weapons and still he is very
powerful commander in north, on the one hand he give up their
weapons to Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) process
and on the other hand, he imported new weapons from Turkey and
Uzbekistan countries." A Police officer from Aqcha district that
didn't mention his name said.
Ghulam Aka 38 year's boy from Juma Pazar district of Faryab
Province said. " I think its three times that I saw Rahmat Rais
( Representative of Dostom in Faryab Province) gave up their
weapons to DDR and Dayak Processes and announced from TV that
commander Rahmat Rais gave up all their weapons. But after one
week we saw that their soldiers found new weapons for fighting
with General Malik and same of Dostom Malik is also buying
weapons from other countries."
But the commanders and people who want General Dostom reject
that Dostom is still owning weapons and still he has militias
and fight with General Malik.
Rahmat Rais that representative of General Dostom in Faryab
Province said. "We had a lot of weapons that captured in the
time that we fought with Russian and Taliban in north but we
gave all our weapons to DDR and DIAG Process. And also Junbish
Party is not fighting with Malik.
People of Faryab don't want Malik's militias in Faryab. Because
in 1996 Malik brought Taliban in north and captured Esmail Khan
that Ministry of Power and Water and gave him to the Taliban. In
these reason people don't like him and fought with him.
I reject that General Dostom import weapons and make militias.
Now Dostom is Politic man and he is doing a politic work and
also I am one of his supporters in Faryab Province and doing
politic work in Faryab province."
In Faryab province the constriction process is going very
slowly, one the main reason that the construction is very slow
in Faryab province is security is not saving for foreigner
And also some people knew that because of bad security in Faryab
Province they don't have reconstruction.
And every one knows that General Dostom and General Malik are
the responsible, but they can't go any where for complaining
because the governor, Parliament representative and other
officials are belongs to Dostom and Malik.
"I don't have Militias in Faryab Province. But I have a lot of
supporter in Faryab Province they are not militias they are
local people that want me.
And the people that want the Libraty Party in Faryab Province
General Dostom's soldiers attack to them and killed some of
them. the conflict that happend three or two months before that
was between people and Dostom soldiers, becouse people dont want
Dostom in Faryab.
before the Taliban time Dostom was the commander of killer and
rubbers in north of Afghanistan and the situation was very bad,
in this reason i thought that if I bring the taliban in north
the situation will be become good, when i brought the Talibn i
saw that Taliban were the same of Dostom. i fought again with
the taliban and got them out from north" General Malik the
leader of Librety Party said.
After the fallen of the Taliban from northern of Afghanistan
people of northern are not witnessing any conflict of government
with the Taliban. But there was a lot of fighting between the
Junbish party belong to General Dostom and Jamite Party belong
to Attah Mohammad Noor that left hundreds killed and about
That fighting continued about two years while this conflict
stopped that General Dostom leaved Mazar for Shebirghan Province