Local sources in Khost province report that the Taliban have completely demolished the residence of Padshah Khan Zadran, a member of the fifteenth session of the Representatives’ Assembly of the previous government and a prominent figure in the local community, using a bulldozer.
Sources, in conversation with the Hasht-e Subh Daily, confirm that on Friday night, December 1, the Taliban utilized a bulldozer to entirely demolish Zadran Khan’s residence in the Manduzai district, reducing it to rubble.
The Taliban attribute their actions to the “land seizure” by Zadran Khan, stating that they demolished the residence to “reclaim two government-owned plots of land.”
However, associates of Zadran claim that during the early days of Hamed Karzai’s presidency, the land was entrusted to this prominent figure through an official decree, incurring approximately $700,000 in construction costs for the residence.
On the other hand, this Taliban action has stirred the anger of some residents of Khost, who argue that if the land seizure is confirmed, the group should have confiscated the residence and repurposed the location for public use.
Zadran Khan is a renowned jihadist commander in eastern Afghanistan, who, following the events of September 11, 2001, due to assisting international coalition forces in overthrowing the Taliban’s rule in his region, managed to carve a political niche for himself.
In late 2006, during his tenure as a member of the fifteenth parliamentary session of the previous government, he survived a suicide attack.