Among The Pretenders To Power

Haji Zaman spent years fighting as a mujahedin commander during the anti-Soviet war. But when the Taliban came to power, he scurried into exile in France. Now fortunes are shifting again, and Zaman has come back to the frontier city of Peshawar, Pakistan, to join others looking to grab power after the Taliban falls. Sitting in the shady, walled garden of his villa last week, Zaman said, "We don't need meetings and more meetings. Now we need practical action."

Zaman believes you don't really count in the Afghan political game if you can't field fighting men. He is ready to...

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