12 March 2011

Hazara leader lionized on anniversary of death

Sixteen years ago this month, Abdul Ali Mazari, a national hero for ethnic Hazaras in Afghanistan and the first leader of Hezbe Wahdat ("Unity Party"), was reportedly thrown to his death from a helicopter by members of the Taliban. Mazari, a former anti-Soviet mujahideen, is credited with uniting the largely Shia Hazara people during the sectarian wars that followed the Soviet departure and the ascendancy of the Taliban in 1996. Posters of Mazari were installed last week in Hazara neighborhoods of Kabul in recognition of the anniversary of his death.

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