Nizamettin Taş

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Nizamettin Taş
Nickname(s)Botan Rojhilat
Varto, Turkey
AllegianceFlag of Kurdistan Workers' Party.svg Kurdistan Workers' Party
Years of service1986-2003
RankMilitary Commander
Battles/warsKurdish-Turkish conflict

Nizamettin Taş (born 1961), also known as Botan Rojhilat , was one of the oldest military commanders of the PKK. He was born in Varto, Turkey, and joined the PKK in 1986 and became the military commander of the organisation in 1995.[1]

He headed the People's Liberation Army of Kurdistan, the military wing of the PKK and was a member of the PKK Central Committee.[2] He also served in the PKK's Presidential Council. He left the PKK in 2004 after a fall out with concurring members of the PKK leadership and formed the Patriotic Democratic Party (PWD) together with Osman Öcalan and Kani Yilmaz. But the party was short-lived and did not become important.[3] He lives in Iraqi Kurdistan.


  1. ^ "PKK dissidents". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2010-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Jongerden, Joost (2017-10-01). "Gender equality and radical democracy: Contractions and conflicts in relation to the "new paradigm" within the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)". Anatoli. De l'Adriatique à la Caspienne. Territoires, Politique, Sociétés (8): 233–256. doi:10.4000/anatoli.618. ISSN 2111-4064.
Preceded by
Cemil Bayık
Military Commander of the PKK
1995 – 2004
Succeeded by
Fehman Hûseyn