Dostum's Involvement in Recent Disturbances
November 19, 1998
by Najam Abbas Ph.D (email@example.com), observer of developments in Central Asia
Information made public at Tajik parliament's session on November 12 pointed out towards collaboration betweenUzbek security personnel and former Afghan army Commander of Uzbek ethnicity
General Abdurrashid Dostum. The following facts are taken from the presentation made
by Tajikistan;s Security Minister before the Parliament on November 12 in Dushanbe.
During the past two years each time Khudaiberdiev and his armed bands strike on
Tajikistan's economic military interests, they crossed over the border into their hideouts
in the Uzbek territory enjoying support from that side. His men were provided a military
trainer who is an Afghan national and an ardent supporter of former General Dostum.
These people received military training in the Afghan province of Jozjan for 7-8 months
from August 1997 to April 1998. Following that the bands crossed the Hairatan bridge
into the Uzbek territory and were engaged in further exercises in Samarkand oblast. All
these activities directly concerned the security interests of the country. Tajikistan's
Interior Ministry approached their Uzbek counterparts several times to take notice of the
disturbing activities. The Uzbek authorities however, rejected the claims that
Khudaiberdiev and his men were present on the Uzbek territory.
One may draw the following facts from what has been reported above.
1. During the eight months between August 1997 and April 1998, armed bands from two
Central Asian states used the Afghan territory to train their personnel
with the purpose of utilizing this training for taking over certain Central Asian
cities in Leninabad District of Tajikistan by force.
2. With the onslaught of the Taliban towards north, General Abdurrashid Dostum
had to discontinue with his training programs, abandon Jozjan following which
the Central Asian bands crossed the Hairatan bridge where further training
was arranged for these men in Samarkand oblast of Uzbekistan.
3. Doesn't this imply that the Taleban's takeover of provinces bordering Central
Asian republics proved a blessing in disguise as it brought to an end organized
attempts by one Central Asian state for destabilizing peace in a neighbourly
4. In over three months since Taleban's takeover of Mazar and other northern provinces
Aghanistan's borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have been more or less peaceful.
Their have been no reports of border violations, or crossing over of borders by
individuals from Afghanistan's ethnic minorities. There are nevertheless attempts
by drug smugglers and arms dealers who divulge in criminal activities irrespective
of any ethnic, territorial or political affiliations.
Published at the Tajikistan Update on November 19, 1998