The case of Mawlawi Mehdi and Balkhab District: Are the Taleban attracting Hazaras?

Recently, a story appeared in the media reporting that the Taleban have appointed a Shia Hazara as a shadow district governor in Sar-e Pul province. This ethno-religious group is barely represented in the insurgent movement, and stands in the way of the Taleban’s attempt to present itself as nation-wide. Mehdi, however, is not physically present … Continue reading The case of Mawlawi Mehdi and Balkhab District: Are the Taleban attracting Hazaras?