Alizai (Pashtun tribe)
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Alizai is a Pashtun tribe indigenous to southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. It belongs to the Panjpai confederation of the larger Durrani tribe of Ahmad Shah Durrani. They are also descended from Tareen.
The Alizai tribe mostly reside in the Loy Kandahar region of southern Afghanistan, in the Dera Ismail Khan (Mohallah Kiri Alizai) of KPK and in the Chhachh area of Attock, Punjab, Pakistan. In Afghanistan they are especially concentrated around Helmand and Farah.
In 2007, Alizai tribesmen in the village of Musa Qala in Helmand, united under Mullah Abdul Salam fought alongside the Taliban. Mullah Abdul Salam later agreed to change sides and was appointed by Hamid Karzai as governor of Musa Qala district of Helmand Province.
Notes and references
- "Program for Culture and Conflict Studies: Farah Provincial Overview" (PDF). United States Naval Postgraduate School. 3 February 2009.
- "Program for Culture and Conflict Studies: Helmand Province Executive Summary" (PDF). United States Naval Postgraduate School. 20 February 2009.
- Coghlan, Tom (31 October 2007). "Key tribal leader on verge of deserting Taliban". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008.