Mohammed Qasim Fahim (informal) (Afghanistan)

Country: Afghanistan
Details of Formation: This is the successor group of Mohammed Qasim Fahim (semi-official), starting in August 2004.
Details of Termination: The group’s termination date is coded as the day its leading warlord Fahim died in March 2014. There were efforts to disarm the Northern Alliance, of which the group was a member, and which was also commanded by Fahim. There is evidence that this could not be fully implemented.
Purpose: The group was used to counter the threat of Taliban attacks and fight the insurgents in general, as part of the Northern Alliance.
Organisation: The group was led by Mohammed Qasim Fahim, the defence minister during Afghanistan’s transitional administration (and later vice president) who had significant power as a result of the strength of his militia. He also commanded the Northern Alliance the group was a part of. He had close ties to president Karzai whom he served as an adviser to from 2006 onwards.
Weapons and Training: The group was armed and in possession of ammunition, however, there is no information stating where this came from. The Northern Alliance received funding from the US, so the PGM may have received some support from it as well. Nothing is said about training.
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Treatment of Civilians: The commander of the PGM is reported to have been involved in assassinations and the protection of criminal gangs and drug traffickers.
Other Information: The group has no formal ties to the government anymore. We can assume that because of the friendly relationship between Karzai and Fahim, the group is informally pro-government. In 2009 Fahim became vice president again, but his militia is called "illegal" in the press, which suggests that there is no semi-official recognition. Sources report that Fahim was an obstacle to the disarmament process, because he was not willing to give up the weapons of his own militia and in his role as defence minister.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.

Wikipedia. “Mohammed Fahim.”