Taj Mohammad Wardak
Taj Mohammad Wardak is an Afghan politician, from the Pashtun ethnic group. He spent some of the period of the Taliban's administration in the United States of America, and became an American citizen.
Early political career
Governor of Paktia
Wardak was appointed Governor of Paktia province in Afghanistan in the winter of 2002. He served for only a few months due to opposition from local warlord Pacha Khan Zadran Zadran was one of the principal actors in a violent struggle for control for the province after the fall of the Taliban, and Wardak was appointed as a compromise solution between the competing warlords. Wardak was an Afghan exile living in California as an afghan-american.
Minister of the Interior
According to Guantanamo captive Hafizullah Shabaz Khail, in testimony before his Combatant Status Review Tribunal Taj Mohammed [sic] Wardak was the first Governor Hamid Karzai appointed for the Province of Paktia. Khail said he was appointed the District Chief of Zormat because the new Governor, Taj Mohammed, trusted him. He said Taj Mohammed Wardak was replaced, as Governor, by Raz Mohammed Dalili when Hamid Karzai asked him to assume a position in Kabul.
- "The interior ministry is on high alert because the people say why Qanooni Saheb has been transferred. He should come back, It is a state of high alert and strike. We do not like Wardak, because we do not know him and we want the return of Qanooni."
Wardak was one of several cabinet ministers Karzai appointed to a high level commission to investigate the assassination of Abdul Qadir, Vice President, and also one of Karzai's leading rivals. Qadir, like Wardak, was a Pashtun. Analysts said Karzai picked cabinet ministers from each of Afghanistan's ethnic groups, so each group would realize he was taking the investigation seriously. The commission included Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, Intelligence Services Director Mohammad Arif Sarwari, Rural Development Minister Mohammad Hanif Atma, and former Interim Irrigation Minister Hajji Mangal Hussain.
Wardak and Karzai differed in their interpretation of the deaths of students shot during a demonstration. Karzai called the first student known to have died a "martyr". Wardak said that student was shot by other students.
National Independence Party of Afghanistan
Taj Mohammad Wardak is listed as the head of the National Independence Party of Afghanistan on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Justice web-page that lists the licenced political parties.
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Pacha Khan Zadran
|Governor of Paktia Province, Afghanistan
Raz Mohammed Dalili
|Afghan Interior Minister
19 June 2002—January 28, 2003
Ali Ahmad Jalali