Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim recently died of natural causes in the Kabul. Fahim has spent his life fighting as he resisted the Soviet occupation since his early days then he got engaged in the Afghan civil war and finally fought the Taliban. Fahim died three weeks before the presidential elections in Afghanistan where his influence and support would have provided good momentum for the Tajik minority and for prominent candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
Considering his post as vice president, Marshal Fahim was an influential player within decision-making circles. He was also the most influential leader among former jihadists.
Marshal Fahim became leader of the northern alliance after its leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, aka the “Lion of Panjshir,” was assassinated in September 2001 – a few days before the 9/11 twin attacks.
But the circumstances suddenly changed as American troops entered Afghanistan, toppling Taliban governance, allies of al-Qaeda. The northern alliance found its chance to contribute to establishing a new leadership through the Bonn Conference and through the interim administration of President Hamid Karzai.
I remember how helicopters roamed over his house in Kabul and how the neighborhood was under strict military surveillance out of fear he may stage a coupCamelia Entekhabi-Fard