Hyderabad, Aug. 20 -- The Head of the Political Office of Taliban, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, also known as "Sheru" trained at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun in 1982. His old batchmates expressed their surprise at the drastic political change in the man as he was apparently not a hardliner back in the day.

Speaking to The Times of India, retired Major General DA Chaturvedi remarked that Sheru had no radical views at the time he knew the man. "He was a likable, normal guy who sported a striking mustache," he added.

After studying political science, Sher Mohammad Stanikzai joined the IMA where he trained for 1.5 years after the Indian military institute welcomed Afghans to join their program. He is now one of the top Taliban ...