KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan first Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim was recovering following medical treatment in Germany, his secretary said on Monday, dismissing rumors that the former warlord was gravely ill or had died.
“Marshal Fahim is fine, he is being treated now in Berlin,” Fahim’s secretary, Dr. Gulbudin, told Reuters by telephone from Germany.
“He has to stay in hospital for another two days. There is nothing to worry about,” he added.
A member of the Tajik minority, Afghanistan’s second largest ethnic group, Fahim was military leader of the U.S.-backed guerrillas known as the Northern Alliance, which toppled the Taliban in 2001.
To the dismay of some human rights groups, Karzai picked him as a vice-presidential running mate in last year’s elections. Human Rights Watch called him “one of the most notorious warlords in the country, with the blood of many Afghans on his hands”.