Abdul Hakim Jan (Argandab warlord)

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Abdul Hakim Jan
Born 1957 (age 64–65)
Other names The Blue Commander
Known for alleged opium producer

Abdul Hakim Jan is a citizen of Afghanistan, who is reported to control much of the Opium trade in Kandahar Province.[1] He is based in the Argandab district.

The Pakistan Tribune reported, in September 2005, that 650 kilograms of opium was seized from a home belonging to Hakim Jan in neighboring Helmand Province.[2]

According to the Sydney Morning Herald he is in his fifties, and operates with the cooperation and protection of the local police.[1] They report that he is known as "the Blue Commander" because he always dresses extravagantly, in clothes that are blue, and that his homes are also painted blue.

They reported that he commands a private army of 1,000 men.[1] According to the Sydney Morning Herald he holds no official office.

On February 17, 2008, eleven months following the publication of the Sydney Morning Herald's profile, another individual named Abdul Hakim Jan, also from Argandah, was killed by a suicide bomber at a dog fight.[3][4][5][6][7][8] The other individual named Abdul Hakim Jan was described as an important tribal leader, a former police chief, and a current commander in the police auxiliary.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pat McGeough (2007-03-05). "Where the poppy is king". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fwhere-the-poppy-is-king%2F2007%2F03%2F04%2F1172943270271.html%3Fpage%3Dfullpage%23contentSwap2&date=2010-02-03. "The Blue Commander is a peacock. Aged 50 but leather-skinned after decades of mountain fighting, Abdul Hakim Jan wears only shades of blue - save for his white, sequined shoes which have an exotic curled toe. Despite his denials, the Blue Commander is reputed to be one of the biggest poppy-growers and opium traffickers in all of Kandahar province." 
  2. "650 kilograms of opium seized in Helmand". Pakistan Tribune. 2005-09-29. http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?120763. Retrieved 2010-09-30. "Haji Mohiuddin, secretary to the governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News, police raided the house of Abdul Hakim Khan in the Gini village and recovered the opium." 
  3. "Afghanistan blast kills dozens". CBC News. 2008-02-17. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fworld%2Fstory%2F2008%2F02%2F17%2Fafghanistan.html&date=2010-02-03. 
  4. Faiez, M. Karim; King, Laura (2008-02-18). "Taliban foe among 80 slain in blast". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Farticles.latimes.com%2F2008%2Ffeb%2F18%2Fworld%2Ffg-afghan18&date=2010-02-03. 
  5. "Taliban prepare for battle after taking over TWO Afghan villages". Daily Mail. 2006-06-17. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworldnews%2Farticle-1027120%2FTaliban-prepare-battle-taking-TWO-Afghan-villages.html&date=2010-02-03. 
  6. Omar El Akkad, Graeme Smith (2007-10-13). "Mullah's death leaves Kandahar exposed". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Farticle787187.ece&date=2010-02-04. 
  7. "Afghan Bomber Targets Market Place". Sky News. 2008-02-18. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.sky.com%2Fskynews%2FHome%2FSky-News-Archive%2FArticle%2F20080641305737&date=2010-02-04. 
  8. "7 policemen beheaded in Afghanistan". USA Today. 2007-11-23. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2F2007-11-23-afghanistan-policeviolence_N.htm&date=2010-02-04.