The commander was from Garzewan district, officials confirmed.
Mohammad Naeem Andarabi, police security chief in the province, confirmed the report and said the commander joined Taliban ranks because of personal disputes in the district.
“In the past two days, we had a meeting in the provincial building under the leadership of the governor and the provincial NDS chief was also present at the meeting. It was decided to send informant troops to the district and air strikes may also be carried out against anti-government oppositions in the district,” Andarabi said.
Reports indicate that the reason Shuja gave for crossing sides was that the Faryab authorities have not investigated the murder of four of his fighters in the Dar-e-Zang village of Garzewan district.
Jamiat-e-Islami party has not commented on the incident.
Meanwhile, a Faryab provincial council member raised concerns over the issue and said that with Shuja joining the Taliban, the security situation in the district would deteriorate.
The Taliban meanwhile confirmed Shuja’s move in a statement.
Local officials meanwhile said that Shuja’s move had resulted in three villages, including Dar-e-Zang and Dar-e-Shakh, in the Garzewan district falling to the Taliban. They said efforts would soon be carried out to retake the areas and suppress the Taliban.