A local Hizb-e-Islami commander says he has at least 1,000 armed men and is ready to cooperate with the Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban.
A local commander of Hizb-e-Islami in Baghlan has said that he is ready to support the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) against the Taliban in the central province.
Mirwais Jihadyar, who has at least 1,000 fighters, said from now on, he will fight against those groups which threaten the national interests of Afghans.
He claimed that he controls the areas that are out of government’s control in Baghlan, especially in Baghlan-e-Markazai district.
The Hizb-e-Islami commander said they have local courts where they address peoples’ judicial problems.
According to him, he has control over 150 villages in the province.
“We fight and stop those who by foreigners’ order fight against people and harm them,” said Jihadyar.
TOLOnews reporters Sharif Amiri and Hamid Shirzai say the Hizb-e-Islami fighters are using a small room as a court where they address legal and judicial problems of people living in the nearby areas.
On Saturday, two men visited the court – bringing murder and land dispute cases.
“My son is in prison. Government has put him behind bars for 20 years. I have come here and want Mirwais Khan to address my problem,” said Ismail, a resident of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
“Our region is in the hand of Hizb-e-Islami and we know their good and bad points and we have come here to find a solution for our problems,” said Haji Ahmad Wali, another resident of the district.
The Hizb-e-Islami commander in Baghlan-e-Markazi said they investigate up to four cases every day.