Under the conditions prevailing in Afghanistan and the role played by Sharia law in its legal system, Talibs, students and graduates of religious schools were automatically members of this social stratum. However, it is important not to forget about the role that the older generation of skilled specialists, former members of the Communist regime mainly from the Khalq faction, played in the Taliban. One example is ex-Defense Minister Najibullah Shahnawaz Tanai's cooperation with the Taliban and the work he did in the organization. No less important is the fact that one of the founders of the Taliban—who went by the pseudonym Mullah Borjan, took part in a coup led by Hafizullah Amin and emigrated after it failed—was army officer Turan Abdul Rahman, as was learned after his death. Representation by Afghan businessmen in the Taliban was somewhat more restricted and often limited to financial support for the movement in its initial stage of development.
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