Controversial police commander Nizamuddin Qaisari, who escaped a government operation attempting to arrest him last December, is now in Kabul to meet with government officials.
Qaisari, who served as Qaisar’s local police commander in the northern province of Faryab, was once arrested along with 20 of his men by the Afghan Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps in November 2018. He is charged with "violating human rights."
The operation targeting his residence in Mazar-e-Sharif city in Balkh province in December 2019 failed to arrest him, and since then he has not appeared in public in other provinces except for Jawzjan. His arrest order, according to Balkh police, was issued by a court in Balkh.
He is 52-years-old and was born in Qaisar district in Faryab. First, he was a farmer and businessman but then became the commander of local police in 2011.
In last few days he has been in Kabul and he says he flew to Kabul in a military helicopter and has not been chased by security forces.
“I can go to any province. I will go to Parwan, Panjshir, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan,” Qaisari told TOLOnews on Tuesday.
Qaisari also attended a public ceremony in Kabul in which politicians also attended. He said that he is holding talks with government officials about the security of the northern provinces.
“Attention needs to be paid to the north and northeast as the situation is not good. If it (government) wants, I will cooperate with it like a soldier and will stand against the Taliban,” Qaisari added.
He added that he will support the move if the government wants to form a militia in the northern provinces.
“I am ready to cooperate with this if the government wants to do it through the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense,” said Qaisari, who is a close aide to former vice president Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum.
“When they (individuals) are in favor of the government, they turn into the people whose past problems are not counted,” said political analyst Farhad Hashimi.
His arrest in 2018 was followed by widespread 20-day protests by thousands of his supporters in different northern provinces. He was freed after six months in custody.