Washington: Investigators are trying to
determine whether the rogue police commander who murdered
Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s half brother this week was a
long-term Taliban sleeper agent or a recent recruit, who
joined them, probably after a recent trip to Pakistan.
The reasons behind the dramatic switch that turned
Sardar Mohammad against Ahmed Wali Karzai, 49, perhaps the
most powerful figure in southern Afghanistan, are still not
understood, the Washington Post reported today.
But one of Karzai`s brothers and a senior Afghan
official said they were now convinced that the Taliban somehow
won the 35-year-old police officer`s allegiance in recent
months and convinced him to carry out an assassination on the
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial
council, was shot twice, once in the head and once in the
chest with an AK-47 by Mohammad on Tuesday.
Mohammad was an ally of the United States in the war
against the Taliban, the report said, pointing out that he met
on several occasions with American and British military
officials, shared intelligence and played a part in Afghan
arrests of scores of Taliban fighters.
The official said that investigators are trying to
determine whether Mohammad was a long-term Taliban sleeper
agent or just recently joined the insurgents.
Mahmood Karzai, one of the Afghan president`s brothers,
said the family has learned since the assassination that
Mohammad traveled to the Pakistani city of Quetta within the
past three months to meet with Taliban insurgents.
He had also acted erratically in recent weeks, sleeping
poorly, changing houses at night, acting suspiciously toward
his men and demanding to know who they were talking to on
"All of a sudden, he changed," Mahmood Karzai said. "This
is the work of the Taliban."