Agha Jan Motasim
Agha Jan Motasim is a modertate member of the Taliban's leadership and a member of the Quetta Shura. During the Taliban's administration of Afghanistan he was their Finance Minister. Following their ouster he was a member of the Quetta Shura. Prior to the Motasim was formerly the chair of the Quetta Shura's political committee.
In August 2010 Motasim was targeted by assassins and nearly died after advocating the Taliban should negotiate participation in Aghanistan's mainstream political process. “My idea was I wanted a broad-based government, all political parties together and maybe some hard-liners among the Taliban in Afghanistan and in Pakistan didn’t like to hear this and so they attacked me."
- Kathy Gannon (2012-05-18). "Moderate Taliban member speaks of rifts within movement". The Daily Star. http://muslimvillage.com/2012/05/18/23118/moderate-taliban-member-speaks-of-rifts-within-movement/. Retrieved 2012-05-20. "One of the most powerful men on the Taliban council, Agha Jan Motasim, nearly lost his life in a hail of bullets for advocating a negotiated settlement that would bring a broad-based government to his beleaguered homeland of Afghanistan."
- Sam Yousafzai, Ron Moreau (2012-04-25). "Afghanistan: A Moderate Defies the Taliban". Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/25/afghanistan-a-moderate-defies-the-taliban.html. Retrieved 2012-05-20. "Not so long ago, Agha Jan Motasim was one of the most important men in the Afghan Taliban. That was before he was sacked as head of the ruling Quetta Shura’s political committee—and before the day last August when someone pumped him full of bullets and left him for dead on a street in Karachi." mirror
- "Afghan biographies: Jan, Motasim Agha". Afghan biographies. 2012-05-16. http://www.afghan-bios.info/index.php?option=com_afghanbios&id=768&task=view&total=2510&start=995&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2012-05-20. mirror