Taliban leader Abbas Stanikzai got pre-commission training as Afghan cadet at IMA

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai alias Sheru, a top leader of the Taliban, was initially in the Afghan Army and got training as a foreign cadet at the Indian Military Academy Dehradun.

As per sources, Mohammad Abbas had joined the Afghan National Army as a Lieutenant after passing out in 1982, after completing his training at the IMA. He was selected for training at IMA after passing the examination of the Afghan Defense Academy.

He was called ‘Sheru’ by his batchmates during training. He was among the 45 cadets who received training in the Keran Company of the Bhagat Battalion of the academy.

Several cadets from African and Asian countries have received “pre-commission training” at the Indian Military Academy since 1948.

Afghan cadets also started receiving pre-commission training at the academy after the 1971 India-Pakistan war, and over 1,000 cadets from the neighbouring country have received military training here.

Eighty Afghan cadets are receiving their military training at IMA at present.

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