The Ministry of Defense of "Islamic Emirate" says that the border forces of the country, Mawlavi Mehdi; the disaffected commander of the Taliban was killed on the Iranian border.
On Wednesday (August 17, 2022), the Ministry of Defense mentioned Mawlavi Mehdi as the "leader of the rebels" for Balkhab district and said that the border forces of "Islamic Emirate" killed him at the border points of Herat province and Iran, while he wanted to fled to Iran, they killed him.
According to the announcement of the Ministry of Defense, Mawlavi Mehdi had fled to the mountains with several of his companions after the "rebellion" against the "Islamic Emirate" in Balkhab, Sarpul province.
The announcement adds that in the past few days, he was identified by Kashf and border intelligence agents in border points between Herat province and Iran, and "he was punished for his actions" with the intention of fleeing to Iran.
Mawlavi Mahdi took the path of war, or in the security literature of the Islamic Emirate, "rebellion". Few doubted that a fate other than this was waiting for him. Maybe even he himself knew that the Balkhab war would not end in his favor; but despite this assessment, he entered into a battle with the "Islamic Emirate".
"Islamic Emirate" also took action with all its forces. The war ended quickly and Balkhab was handed over to the "Islamic Emirate" forces with shocking disasters. A few days later, a photo of Mawlavi Mehdi and his companions in the mountains was published; a photo carrying the message that, from his point of view, the war is not over yet and he will continue to "resist".
The virtual support and encouragement of some other anti-Taliban movements may have encouraged him to continue this path leading to the well.
Meanwhile, it does not seem that war was his only option to fulfill his wishes and demands from the "Islamic Emirate". After all, before the Taliban came to power, he had fought and fought for them. It is even said that a number of relatives and family members sacrificed themselves for the victory of the "Islamic Emirate". Therefore, he could still play a role as a "Millennium student" as a symbol of acceptance of other ethnic groups and religions in the Taliban composition and get points.
For the Islamic Emirate, war was not the first option. They tried to persuade Mawlavi Mahdi to understand before entering into any war. Delegations from the central government went to Balkhab and presented him with proposals to end the tension and confrontation; but in the end, all the ways came to a dead end and both sides resorted to war.
In the meantime, it is difficult to put all the responsibility on Mawlavi Mahdi's shoulders; Because we don't know what exactly were the proposals presented to him and why he didn't want or couldn't accept them; But there is no doubt that there was still a lot of opportunity for dialogue and interaction to get a middle and peaceful solution.
Although the country's Shia community does not have a significant share in power; but it still has enough weight and credibility to influence the situation and manage the issues related to it. Therefore, by resorting to this weight and credibility, Mawlavi Mahdi could reduce the amount of tensions, create new opportunities for dialogue and prevent the occurrence of war.
However, this did not happen and it seems that he made a fatal mistake; because he agreed to a war that had no end but defeat. It is unlikely that he was aware of his fatal fate as a result of this unequal confrontation, and despite knowing it, he entered the fatality. It is also unexpected that he considered his purpose for war so sacred that, like religious leaders, he preferred "red death" to "black life" in a conscious choice.
Anyway, based on the official announcement of the Ministry of Defense of the "Islamic Emirate", Mawlavi Mahdi was killed by the border forces while fleeing the country; A fate that could have turned out differently and in the absence of traditional ethnic leaders, he could have played a role as an important and effective actor in the field of Taliban-Shiite relations. He was a victim of the wrong and hasty use of the option of war, which was never possible to win, and basically, in the current situation, it was not and is not the right way to achieve the rights and legitimate demands of an ethnic and religious community.